Rapid Pest Risk Analysis for Phlyctinus callosus
Phlyctinus callosus is a polyphagous pest commonly referred to as banded fruit weevil in its native South Africa and as garden weevil in countries Australia and New Zealand. Impacts on a number of economically important hosts have been recorded in each of these countries. Many of these hosts are also important to industry in Ireland in the nursery sector (various ornamental hosts), in field vegetables production (carrot, onion) and in protected crop sectors (strawberry, blueberries). Additionally, the hosts grapevine, apple and peach/nectarines are of high economic importance in the wider EU and EPPO regions. Phlyctinus callosus is a regulated pest in a number of countries; therefore it is also of phytosanitary importance. Phlyctinus callosus has been intercepted on fresh fruit consignments in particular on grapes and apples. One such interception on apples from South Africa for import into Ireland initiated this PRA.
Statutory action against interceptions and outbreaks of the pest is technically justified.
A key recommendation from this PRA, is that P. callosus is subject to a PRA at EU or EPPO level, to further investigate the risk to the EU and EPPO region as a whole and identify appropriate risk management measures for the EU.
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