Pest and disease alert: Tuta absoluta outbreak on tomatoes in Worcestershire

An outbreak of South American tomato moth, Tuta absoluta, has been detected on tomatoes by the Food & Environmental Research Agency (Fera) in Worcestershire.

Tomato showing holes created by T. absoluta larvae. Image: Crown copyright
Tomato showing holes created by T. absoluta larvae. Image: Crown copyright
In 2009 the pest was detected in 11 growing sites and 21 pack houses.

Tuta absoluta’s first European appearance was in Spain in 2006 and it has since caused significant damage to tomato crops across Southern Europe.

See FERA's fact sheet on Tuta absoluta.

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