Current situation of Bemisia tabaci in Finland
In Finland, Bemisia tabaci (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae – EPPO A2 List) is reported occasionally on glasshouse crops. The pest is mainly found on poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) where it is introduced via imported plant material. Regular inspections are carried out by the NPPO and it has been observed that the number of findings of B. tabaci has increased in the last few years. In 2006-2007, there were 50 findings each year which was clearly more than before. In 2008, B. tabaci has already been found in 38 nurseries producing poinsettias. In addition, it has also been detected in poinsettia during market and import inspections. When the pest is detected, it is subject to eradication measures to prevent its permanent establishment in production units.
The situation of Bemisia tabaci in Finland can be described as follows: Transient, occasionally found on glasshouse crops, under eradication.
EVIRA – Finnish Food Safety Authority (last accessed 2008-09) Tobacco whitefly found in poinsettia cultivations. http://www.evira.fi/portal/en/plant_production_and_feeds/current_issues/?id=1357