EPPO Global Database

Tuta absoluta(GNORAB)

Distribution details in Kenya

Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2019: Present, no details
First recorded in: 2014
EPPO Reporting Service (2014/150) : first caught in pheromone traps at the beginning of 2014. High populations were observed in Isiolo country (but were low and very low in Kirinyaga and Meru counties, respectively). Its distribution in Kenya remains to be studied, surveillance programmes are being implemented.
* Aigbedion-Atalor PO, Hill MP, Zalucki MP, Obala F, Idriss GE, Midingoyi SK, Chidege M, Ekesi S, Abuelgasim Mohamed S (2019) The South America tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), spreads its wings in Eastern Africa: distribution and socioeconomic impacts. Journal of Economic Entomology, 112(6), 2797–2807, https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toz220.

* IPPC website. Official Pest Reports – Kenya. New pest in Kenya: Preliminary surveillance report on Tuta absoluta - preliminary report by Kenya (2014-06-09). https://www.ippc.int/index.php

* Kinyanjui G, Khamis FM, Ombura FLO, Kenya EU, Ekesi S, Mohamed SA (2019) Infestation levels and molecular identification based on mitochondrial COI barcode region of five invasive Gelechiidae pest species in Kenya. Journal of Economic Entomology 112(2), 872-882.

Situation in neighbouring countries
Country State Status
Ethiopia Present, no details view...
Tanzania Present, no details view...
Uganda Present, widespread view...