EPPO Global Database

Agrilus planipennis(AGRLPL)

Distribution details in Sweden

Situation
Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2017: Absent, invalid record
Comments
EPPO Reporting Service (2016/052) : an invalid record has been cited in several media. The misunderstanding goes back to a statement, made on the basis of a personal communication, which was published in 2011 (Dobrowolska et al., 2011) and then quoted by others (Thomas, 2016; Internet, 2016). The NPPO of Sweden has confirmed that the pest has never been found on its territory.
References
* NPPO of Sweden (2016-03).

* Dobrowolska D, Hein S, Oosterbaan A, Wagner S, Clark J, Skovsgaard JP (2011) A review of European ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.): implications for silviculture. Forestry 84(2), doi:10.1093/forestry/cpr001
------- Later recognized as erroneous - an erratum was published (see below).

* Skovsgaard JP (2017) Erratum. Forestry 90, p 3. doi:10.1093/forestry/cpw053

* Non-exhaustive list of sites and publications citing the erroneous statement
- BBC News. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35876621
- The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/23/ash-dieback-and-beetle-attack-likely-to-wipe-out-all-ash-trees-in-uk-and-europe
- The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/12201924/Ash-trees-face-extinction-in-Europe.html
- Thomas PA (2016) Biological Flora of the British Isles: Fraxinus excelsior. Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12566