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First finding of Dactylopius opuntiae (Cockerell) on Opuntia ficus-indica in Cyprus.

Publication Date
Mon, 03 Oct 2016, 11:27
Last Updated
Nov. 30, 2016, 11:24 a.m.
Report Number
Pest Id
Dactylopius opuntiae - (DACLTO)
Report Status
Opuntia ficus-indica. Other Opuntia sp.
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Transient: actionable, under eradication
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: transient
Geographical Distribution
Ammochostos District

The Dactylopius opuntiae was first confirmed in September 2016 on Opuntia plants in Famagusta district. The presence of the pest was identified by the laboratory of Food and Environment Agency (FERA Science Ltd) of UK in collaboration with Department of Agriculture (Cyprus). It has since been observed in several locations across the district. Statutory action will be taken in the wider region including the use of insecticides, surveys around the place of finding and through the whole island, etc.

The severity of the outbreak in the concerned area is estimated from medium to high. The area is under surveillance for a more precise estimation, although the current climatic conditions are expected to limit the organism’s development and the typical symptoms.
Contact for info
Kypros Hadjiafxentis Agricultural Officer Plant Health and Quality Control Sector Plant Health Section Department of Agriculture 1412 Nicosia, Cyprus Τel: +357-22408629, Fax: +357-22408679 Email: [email protected]
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