Anoplophora in France
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From Forest Health News 131, July 2003.
Asian longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) causes major economic losses in China and Korea. This important pest was first found as an introduced species in North America in 1996 (FHNews 106: 1-2; 114: 2; 118: 2; 123: 2) and in Europe, in Austria, in 2001 (FHNews 110: 1). It has now reached France.
Earlier this year a male beetle discovered by a young student on a tree in his school grounds in the village of Gien, near Orléans, was identified as A. glabripennis at the National Laboratory of Plant Protection in Montpellier. An inspection by staff of the Forest Health Department found 22 urban maple, chestnut, and willow trees infested by the invader. Asian longhorn beetle is a declared quarantine pest, and a survey was undertaken in order to find and destroy all infested trees within a 1km radius of the original discovery. Potential spread is a real threat, particularly in the long riparian forest of the nearby Loire Valley.
Members of the public have been asked to report any new finds of this insect. The principle trees at risk in France include the above-listed species and poplars, but there is also concern for Albizia, apple, ash, birch, elm, hibiscus, Indian lilac, mulberry, pear, plane, Prunus, robinia, and Sophora japonica. The school is close to an industrial area, and the introduction is attributed to the importation of wooden pallets from China. For further information, visit: www.eclaireurdugatinais.com/news/archivestory.php/aid/3339/Gien:-alerte-au-capricorne-asiatique.html
Hervé Jactel, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA, France
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