Quick scan for Atherigona reversura
This Quick scan was prompted by the interception of Atherigona reversura on cut bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) imported from Sri Lanka. The organism is not known to be present in the EU. The species is native to Asia but has been introduced into North America, South America and Hawaii. The species can likely establish (in parts of) southern EU. The species can damage turf grass, pastures and hay fields with bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon). Less damage is expected in turf grass and pastures that are frequently mowed and grazed, respectively. If bermudagrass is mainly used for lawns that are frequently being mowed, the potential impact may be limited.
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