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Light brown apple moth’s arrival in California worries commodity groups

  • Author(s): Varela, Lucia G.
  • Johnson, Marshall W
  • Strand, Larry
  • Wilen, Cheryl A
  • Pickel, Carolyn
  • et al.
Abstract

Light brown apple moth is an exotic pest that was confirmed in California in March 2007. It is a tortricid leaf-roller moth native to Australia, which has a broad range of plant hosts with the capacity to cause damage across a wide array of crops, natural areas and ornamental plants. California and federal agencies have issued quarantine orders affecting production and retail nurseries, and potentially fruit and vegetable exports. It is found thus far primarily in nurseries near urban areas. Eradication efforts are under way to prevent its spread into California crop areas and throughout the United States.

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