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FABI Articles : New pest of Eucalyptus, Glycaspis brimblecombei, in South Africa

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27 July, 2012

New pest of Eucalyptus, Glycaspis brimblecombei, in South Africa

A new invasive insect on Eucalyptus was recently detected in the Pretoria area by Prof. Stefan Neser. Although the identity must still be confirmed, we are almost certain that this insect is the red gum lerp psyllid, Glycaspis brimblecombei. This insect is a very serious pest of Eucalyptus, and it is important that we quickly ascertain its current distribution in the country and work towards a control strategy. More information will be sent shortly, but I attach a past pest alert that provides basic information and symptoms.

If you notice symptoms of this insect in your area, please contact me at: Brett Hurley 012 4205822 / 0829093211

Download PDF document with images: Glycaspis Pest Alert

Brett Brett Hurley (PhD)
Entomology Researcher and Lecturer
Department of Zoology and Entomology
Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP)
Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI)
University of Pretoria

Phone: +27 12 420 5822
Cell: +27 82 9093211
Fax: +27 12 4203960