EPPO Global Database

Malacosoma americanum(MALAAM)

Distribution details in Turkey

Situation
Current pest situation evaluated by EPPO on the basis of information dated 2016: Absent, invalid record
First recorded in: 2014
Comments
EPPO Reporting Service (2015/069) : according to a publication (Demir et al., 2014), the pest was found on various host plants (unspecified), in Gümüşhane (Black Sea region). However, the Turkish NPPO considers that the identification of the pest is unreliable and is currently checking the identity of the collected specimens.

EPPO Reporting Service (2017/028) : absence officially confirmed by the NPPO in June 2016. Further studies have shown that the pest found was Malacosoma franconicum which is native to Turkey. A revised version of the paper from Demir et al. has replaced the first version.
References
* Demir I, Nalçacioğlu R, Mohammad Gholizad L, Demirbag Z (2014) A highly effective nucleopolyhedrovirus against Malacosoma spp. (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) from Turkey: isolation, characterization, phylogeny, and virulence. Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 38, 462-470. http://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/agriculture/issues/tar-14-38-4/tar-38-4-5-1307-32.pdf

* NPPO of Turkey (2014-04, 2016-06).