Express PRA for Myzus mumecola – Occurrence –
The aphid Myzus mumecola is endemic to Asia and so far, it has not been detected in Germany. The first occurrence in the EU was in Italy, in 2016. So far, there are no further notifications from EU Member States and the aphid is listed neither in the Annexes of Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 nor by EPPO.
Myzus mumecola infests plants of the genus Prunus and primarily is known as a pest on apricot (Prunus armeniaca). So far, the alternating hosts of the aphid are unknown.
Due to appropriate climatic conditions, it is assumed that M. mumecola can establish outdoors in Germany. The establishment has to be expected mainly in Southern European Member States and did already happen in Italy.
Due to its low damage potential for apricot and possibly for plum, M. mumecola poses a low phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU-Member States.
Based on this risk analysis, it is assumed that the pest can establish in Germany or another Member State. However, no significant damage is expected. Thus, M. mumecola is not classified as a quarantine pest, and Article 29 of Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 does not apply.
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