Pests & Diseases round-up

Sweet basil imports destroyed after discovery of infections

Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) officials checking for the presence of harmful organisms at Heathrow Airport have found leaf miner (Liriomyza sp.) on batches of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) imported from Israel, Egypt and Kenya and tobacco whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) on a batch imported from Myanmar. All of the plants were destroyed.

Thrips identified in Orchids imported from Malaysia

A batch of orchids (Dendrobium sp.) imported from Malaysia has been destroyed after the plants were found to be carrying thrips (Thripidae). FERA officers at Heathrow Airport destroyed the contaminated consignment.

Leaf miner intercepted by FERA officers at Heathrow Airport

Further imports of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) have been intercepted by FERA officials operating at Heathrow Airport. Infestations of leaf miner (Liriomyza sp.) were identified on batches imported from Kenya, the Canary Islands, Egypt and India. Each of the consignments was destroyed.


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