Growers' views sought on potential threat of imported glasshouse pests

Government plant health agency FERA has issued three new "rapid pest risk analyses" to the industry for consultation - a step which may lead to statutory measures to control the pests.

Pepper weevil larvae - image:
Pepper weevil larvae - image:

These include the pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii), a pest of sweet and chilli pepper found in North and Central America and Oceania which hit four Dutch glasshouses last summer.

FERA suggests that imported produce from these areas could lead to its establishment in UK protected horticulture, and warns: "Outbreaks in protected Capsicum production are likely to cause serious impacts because detection of even a serious outbreak can be difficult and there is no reliable method of control."

The tobacco mild green mosaic virus, meanwhile, also threatens UK pepper as well as tomato production. Widespread worldwide on a range of hosts, the virus is most likely to enter the UK through the ornamental plant trade, FERA has warned.

The documents are available from the FERA website. Comments are to be received by 26 March.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

What is being done to develop biocontrols against orchard pests?

The SIVAL horticultural trade show in Angers, France, this week (16-18 January) heard about several initiatives to promote more environmentally sustainable orchard growing.

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

What does the 25-year plan mean for growers?

Published on 11 January, the Government's long-awaited 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' brings together a number of policy strands into a single framework that will impact many sectors, not least fresh produce, over the coming decades.

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

What will 'embracing change' mean for horticulture?

At the Oxford Farming Conference, whose theme was "embracing change", Defra secretary Michael Gove expanded on what a post-Brexit UK agriculture and land-use policy will look like and how it will impact farmers and growers.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon