Quick scan Platynota stultana
Platynota stultana is a polyphagous pest as also indicated by its common name “omnivorous leafroller”. The pest is known to be present in Mexico and several states in the USA and is also present in Spain since some years. The year of introduction into Spain is not known but P. stultana might have been introduced before 2005. The pest can likely establish in glasshouses in the Netherlands. Establishment outdoors is uncertain. Because of its polyphagous nature there are many (potential) pathways by which the pest could be introduced into the Netherlands (e.g. fruit of Capsicum, tomato and grapes). The USA have intercepted the pest on sweet pepper originating from Spain and there is a large trade volume of fruits of Capsicum spp. and other kinds of fruits from Spain into the Netherlands. If P. stultana establishes in the Netherlands, it can likely cause economic damage to various glasshouse crops and control measures will likely be necessary to reduce or avoid crop damage. A full Pest Risk Analysis would be necessary to assess the potential impact, the number and kind of pathways and the probability of introduction more accurately. P. stultana has been reported as a pest of various fruit crops. In recent years several other fruit pests have been introduced into the EU (e.g. Tuta absoluta, Drosophila suzukii and Anthonomus eugenii of which the latter one is under eradication). The most likely pathway by which these pests were introduced seems import of fruits. P. stultana can be associated with flowers, fruits and leaves (CABI, 2012) and also for P. stultana import of fruit might have been the pathway of introduction. It may be worthwhile to investigate the import of fruits into the EU, the pests that may be associated with these imports and to evaluate measures to reduce the probability of introduction of these pests.
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