JKI has prepared an Express PRA (in German) on Purpuricenus temmincki (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) after a finding in packaging material for stones from China.
Purpuricenus temminckii is a longhorn beetle native of Southeast Asia. It is a pest of bamboo (Bambusa sp. and Phyllostachys sp.). The phytosanitary risk of this beetle for Germany (and the EU) is assessed as low but with a high uncertainty because of lack of information.
It is recommended to pay attention to bamboo during inspections of packing material, as this is apparently used increasingly as a non-ISPM 15 relevant substitute for wood. There are a number of other harmful organisms that infect bamboo, but are less host-specific, such asthe longhorn beetle Chlorophorus annularis that also attack corn.
JKI 2013. Express-PRA zu Purpuricenus temminckii. http://pflanzengesundheit.jki.bund.de/index.php?menuid=60&reporeid=320
Photo: Dr. Olaf Zimmermann, LTZ-Augustenberg
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