Pests & Diseases round up

Bemisia tabaci crops up at Manchester airport imports plus another Phytophthora ramorum outbreak.

Plants intercepted at Airport

Officials from the Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) have intercepted several consignments of Echinodorus cordifolius infested with Bemisia tabaci (tobacco whitefly). The consignments of plants, which originated in Singapore, were intercepted at Manchester Airport last month. They were destroyed.

Outbreak identified in Cornwall

An outbreak of Phytophthora ramorum has been intercepted by FERA at a location in Cornwall. The outbreak, which was reported last month, concerned rhododendron plants from the UK.

Alternanthera destroyed

FERA officials have intercepted batches of Alternanthera Sp. infested with Bemisia tabaci (tobacco whitefly) at Manchester Airport. The plants, which came from Singapore, were destroyed.

Fruit flies found in mangoes

Two large consignments of mango from Pakistan were intercepted at UK airports last month - one infested with Bactrocera Sp. (exotic fruit fly) and the other with Tephritidae (non-European) (fruit fly). The first batch was destroyed at Manchester Airport and the second at Heathrow.

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