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


Lucia G. Varela
Marshall W. Johnson
Larry Strand
Cheryl A. Wilen
Carolyn Pickel

Authors Affiliations

L.G. Varela is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor, UC Statewide IPM Program and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Sonoma County; M.W. Johnson is UCCE Specialist and Entomologist, Department of Entomology, UC Riverside; L. Strand is Principal Editor, UC Statewide IPM Program; C.A. Wilen is IPM Advisor, UC Statewide IPM Program and UCCE, San Diego County; C Pickel is IPM Advisor, UC Statewide Program and UCCE, Sutter/Yuba Counties.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 62(2):57-61. DOI:10.3733/ca.v062n02p57. April 2008.

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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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Varela L, Johnson M, Strand L, Wilen C, Pickel C. 2008. Light brown apple moth's arrival in California worries commodity groups. Hilgardia 62(2):57-61. DOI:10.3733/ca.v062n02p57
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