Update of the situation of Tecia solanivora in Spain
In Spain, Tecia solanivora (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae – EPPO A2 List) was first found in Islas Canarias (EPPO RS 2001/129) in 1999. In 2015, it was observed in mainland Spain in Galicia (EPPO RS 2015/202, 2016/031) and later in Asturias (EPPO RS 2017/080, 2018/054). An eradication programme has been implemented and includes the prohibition of growing potatoes in the demarcated areas. The NPPO of Spain recently informed the Secretariat that T. solanivora is considered eradicated in part of Asturias and Galicia, where it has not been detected for at least 2 consecutive years. The buffer zone has been amended accordingly.
- In Asturias, T. solanivora is considered eradicated in the following municipalities: Tapia de Casariego, El Franco, Coaña, Muros de Nalón and Gijón. Eradication measures continue in the municipalities of Castropol, Cudillero, Navia, Pravia, San Tirso de Abres, Taramundi, Valdés, Vegadeo.
- In Galicia, T. solanivora is considered eradicated in the following municipalities: Ares, Cabanas, A Capela, Fene, Ferrol, Mugardos, As Pontes de García Rodríguez, Abadí and Ourol. However, T. solanivora was detected in November 2019 in two warehouses in the municipality of A Laracha and in one trap in the municipality of Carballo.
The eradication programme continues in the remaining infested areas.
The pest status of Tecia solanivora in Spain is officially declared as: Present, under eradication, only in some parts of the Member State concerned.
NPPO of Spain (2020-02, 2020-06).
Resolución de 31 de enero de 2020, de la Consejería de Desarrollo Rural, Agroganadería y Pesca, por la que se actualiza la delimitación de las zonas demarcadas establecidas en la Resolución de 13 de noviembre de 2017 dentro del programa de erradicación de Tecia (scrobipalpopsis) solanivora (Povolny) o polilla guatemalteca de la patata en el Principado de Asturias (BOPA nº 23, de 05-feb-2020) https://sede.asturias.es/bopa/2020/02/05/2020-01023.pdf