Government scientists instigate risk assessments on pine processionary moth and Helicotylenchus dihystera

Scientists from the Food, Environment and Research Agency have begun two risk assessments, on Thaumetopoea pityocampa (the Pine Processionary Moth) and Helicotylenchus dihystera, a highly polyphagous pest on the roots of orchard crops, field crops, and protected edible and ornamental crops.

Crops affected by the latter include apples, Begonias, Brassicas, barley, cucumbers, oats, potatoes, roses, strawberries and tomatoes.  

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Contact Nigel Wood at: Plant Health Policy Unit, Food and Environment Research Agency, Room 10GA07, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ, email:

Responses to the risk assessment should be received by 24 December 2012.

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