Pests & Disease Alert - Tobacco whitefly, leaf miner and Palm thrips turn up on imports

Tobacco whitefly discovered on plants arriving in Manchester

Bemisia tabaci (tobacco whitefly) has been found on consignments of Hygrophila angustifolia (willow hygro) and Anubias barteri imported from Singapore. Both batches were destroyed by Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) officials at Manchester Airport.

Vietnamese Sweet basil imports found to be carrying leaf miner

FERA operatives working at London's Heathrow Airport have discovered Liriomyza Sp. (leaf miner) on imports of Ocimum basilicum (sweet basil) brought into the country from Vietnam. The batches were all destroyed.

Consignments of the same plant, but this time imported from Kenya, were also found to be carrying leaf miner on arrival at Heathrow Airport. These batches were also destroyed.

Palm thrips identified on aubergine imports from Ghana

Imports of aubergines from Ghana carrying Thrips palmi (palm thrips) have been intercepted at Heathrow Airport. The plant consignments were destroyed by FERA officials.


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