Longhorn beetle links

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has introduced destructive sampling techniques to guard against the Citrus longhorn beetle, Anoplophora chinensis.

Citrus Longhorn Beetle. Image: Fera
Citrus Longhorn Beetle. Image: Fera

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Plant health inspectors will be visiting hundreds of UK businesses known to deal in any of the 17 host plants sourced from Holland.

The full list of hosts includes, Acer spp, Aesculus hippocastanum, Alnus spp, Betula spp, Carpinus spp, Citrus spp, Corylus spp, Cotoneaster spp, Fagus spp, Lagerstroemia spp, Malus spp, Platanus spp, Populus spp, Prunus spp, Pyrus spp, Salix spp, Ulmus spp.

The Royal Dutch Wholesalers Association for Flowerbulbs & Nursery Stock (ANTHOS) will lobby stakeholders for a ban on imports from countries with known longhorn beetle problems.

The complete list of countries includes China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Myanmar.

The Fera factsheet on the beetle is available at:


The complete destructive sampling protocol, including a table of sampling rates is available at:


Inspections at the 550 nurseries in the 2km quarantine zone in Boskoop are now complete.

A full list of the nurseries involved is available at:


The European Council directive on measures to protect against the introduction of harmful species is available at:


The emergency measures against Anoplophora chinensis agreed by the European Commission's Standing Committee on Plant Health are available at:



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