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Updated Federal Order aims to prevent import of foreign beetles

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service expands plant host list to reduce chance of importing pests of ornamental, fruit and forest plant species

David Kuack | April 11, 2011

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued an updated Federal Order to establish additional prohibitions and restrictions for the importation plant host genera of the citrus longhorned beetle (CLB), Anoplophora chinensis Forster, and the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), Anoplophora glabripennis, effective on May 11, 2011. This Federal Order revises and replaces the order previously issued on Jan. 16, 2009.
This revision adds three new ALB host genera of plants Cercidiphyllum spp., Koelreuteria spp. and Sorbus spp. identified as hosts by the agency’s domestic eradication program and 11 new CLB host genera of plants for planting, Catalpa spp., Chaenomeles spp., Cornus spp., Cydonia spp., Liquidambar spp., Parrotia spp., Polygonum spp., Rhdodendron spp., Sageretia spp., Toona spp. and Viburnum spp., which were identified by the National Plant Protection Organization of the Netherlands and recent scientific journal articles.
The new Federal order also changes the requirements for importation of plants for planting from the European Union member states because the status and distribution of A. chinensis and A. glabripennis in those countries is not sufficiently known. This revision of the Federal Order also adds decorative branches to the list of regulated articles.

Pictured: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued an updated Federal Order adding three new host plant genera for Asian longhorned beetle and 11 new host plant genera for citrus longhorned beetle, effective on May 11, 2011.
Photo by Michael Smith

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