Greece and Switzerland have announced the presence of Tuta absoluta in their countries while Italy announces the expansion of the pest to more regions as well as to new host. The common bean , Phaseolus vulgaris
Chester, 13 August 2009
Greece and Switzerland announced officially the presence of Tuta absoluta in both countries. This announcement was made on 17 the July 2009 during the meeting of the EC Health and Consumers Heath Directorate General, Standing committee on Plant Health (SANCO). The Tuta absoluta in Greece was reported to be in Green houses in the area of Chania on the Island of Crete. The infestation in Switzerland was reported to be in the Geneva region.
The NPPO of Italy has recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae EPPO A1 List) has been found on Phaseolus vulgaris, common bean plants in Sicilia, Italy. This has raised the concern of possible movement of the pest to Artichoke plants. In another development, in Italy, the presence of Tuta absoluta has been officially reported in new locations Abruzzo, Liguria and Umbria.