Peru: Export-oriented avocado crops are pest-free, US scientist says

Isabel Guerra

Peru: Export-oriented avocado crops are pest-free, US scientist saysThe areas in Peru dedicated to grow export-oriented avocado crops are in top quality phytosanitary conditions, said University of California, Riverside, entomologist Mark Hoddle.

This way, Hoddle, the director of the Center for Invasive Species Research, ruled out the alleged presence of Stenoma catenifer pest in these fields, remarking that stenoma has not been trapped in export orchards located in Peru’s coastal production regions.

Stenoma catenifer, also known as avocado’s seed moth, is a new world species that is thought to feed exclusively on the fruit and seeds of plants in the family Lauraceae.

Hoddle says that the work done by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Peru’s National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA) in monitoring Peruvian avocado crops is high-quality and thus there is no risk of introducing new pests into the United States, according to Andina news agency.

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