European Union prioritises 20 pests

The European Commission has published a list of the 20 most important quarantine pests that are threatening the European Union territory.

The list is based on impact assessments carried out by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC): what is the impact of an outbreak on the economy and environment of an EU country or region?

These 20 pests (in alphabetical order) are regulated as quarantine pests in the EU:

Agrilus anxius (bronze birch borer)

Agrilus planipennis (emerald ash borer)

Anastrepha ludens

Anoplophora chinensis (citrus long-horned beetle)

Anoplophora glabripennis (Asian long-horned beetle)

Anthonomus eugenii

Aromia bungii (red necked longicorn)

Bactericera cockerelli

Bactrocera dorsalis

Bactrocera zonata

Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (pine wood nematode)

Candidatus Liberibacter (citrus greening causes yellow dragon disease)

Conotrachelus nenuphar

Dendrolimus sibiricus

Phyllosticta citricarpa (citrus black spot)

Popillia japonica (Japanese beetle)

Rhagoletis pomonella

Spodoptera frugiperda

Thaumatotibia leucotreta (false or citrus codling moth)

Xylella fastidiosa (destroys olive trees in Southern Italy and wide range of host plants)

Japanese beetle Popillia japonica

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