Express PRA for Minthea rugicollis
Minthea rugicollis is endemic in South East Asia and was introduced to Australia, Europe, Papua New Guinea and South America. So far, it does not occur in Germany. In the EU, it is present in Portugal (2013) and possibly in Great Britain (1993, no subsequent notifications). So far, it is listed neither in the Annexes of Directive 2000/29/EC nor by EPPO. The beetle infests dry, starch-rich tropical deciduous trees. It is assumed that the beetle is not able to establish outdoors, due to unsuitable climatic conditions in Germany and other EUMember States; but indoors (see presence in Portugal). The beetle infests only dry wood. Thus, it is a storage pest. Due to its damage potential for dry stored wood or wood in constructions, M. rugicollis presents a medium phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU-Member States. Based on the risk analysis, it is assumed that the pest is able to establish in Germany or another Member State in the interior on built-in host wood or bamboo and in timber stores and to cause considerable damage. Thus, measures should be taken to prevent the introduction of this potential quarantine pest according to § 4a of the Plant Inspection Order and thus, the consignment has to be destroyed or to undergo a phytosanitary treatment.
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