First report of Ripersiella hibisci in Italy
The NPPO of Italy recently informed the Secretariat of the first finding of the root mealybug Ripersiella hibisci (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae – EPPO A1 List) on its territory. In April 2021, R. hibisci was found in a nursery of ornamental plants in the municipality of Fiumefreddo di Sicilia (Province of Catania - Sicilia). The pest has been detected on roots of potted Callistemon plants. Phytosanitary measures are being adopted with the aim of eradicating the outbreak. All infested plants have been destroyed and monitoring is in progress in the area.
The pest status of Ripersiella hibisci in Italy is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of Italy (2021-04).