European Grapevine Moth Discovered In Fresno County
Friday, May 28th 2010
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When the members of the California Grape and Tree Fruit League put together their “Top Ten Issues” for 2010, “Invasive Pest Issues and Quarantines” was listed at number 5. Given recent events whereby the European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) was discovered in Fresno County the last week of April I would now be surprised if in the event that list was put together today that those concerns would now be anything other than number 1.
The detection of two adult EGVM triggered the creation of a regulated area that is centered approximately five mile southeast of the city of Fresno. Within the approximate 96 square mile regulated area, a number of crops including peaches, plums , nectarines and apricots as well as all types of raisin, wine and table grapes are grown. And while EGVM prefers grapes, which is considered a primary host along with olives, the fact is that other commodities such as tree fruit are a secondary host and subject to compliance agreements.
In short, growers within this regulated areas are rapidly discovering once again that the introduction of invasive species brings with it very real costs and concerns, not the least of which is the potential restrictions to trade. The importance of preventing the introduction of such pests becomes much clearer when compared to the costs of treatment and hopeful eradication. We can only hope that the quick actions of growers in treatment for this pest coupled with reasonable, yet secure, methods to prevent its spread while allowing for commodity movement will win the day.
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