Express-PRA for Aclees taiwanensis – Occurrence
The weevil Aclees taiwanensis is endemic to Taiwan and already present in the EU. So far, it is not listed in the Annexes of Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 or by EPPO.
Aclees taiwanensis infests Ficus-species.
Due to unsuitable climatic conditions in the open field in Germany, it is assumed that A. taiwanensis cannot establish or can only establish to a very limited extent. Establishment in southern EU-Member States has already taken place and continues to be possible.
Because of its high damage potential for Ficus-species, A. taiwanensis poses a significant phytosanitary risk, especially for southern EU-Member States.
Based on this risk analysis, it is assumed that Aclees taiwanensis can establish resp. spread, especially in southern Member States, and can cause significant damage. Subject to the decision of the southern Member States whether a quarantine regulation should be sought, it is recommended to destroy infested plants as a precautionary measure.
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