New EPPO Pest Alert: Sakhalin-fir bark beetle | Plant Pests - Global Travellers |

Photo: Evgeni Akulov, Russian Federation

New addition to the EPPO Alert list: 

Sakhalin-fir bark beetle Polygraphus proximus (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)

Sakhalin-fir bark beetle may represent a major threat to European and Siberian fir species (Abies spp.). The bark beetle has been introduced from the Far East of Russia into the Western part of Siberia and European Russia. 

Currently, the pest has invaded Moscow and Leningrad regions in European Russia, and several areas in  (Kemerov and Tomsk regions, Krasnoyarsk Territory – covering an area of approximately 30 000 ha). In Siberia, it has caused significant damage and tree mortality in forests of Siberian fir (A. sibirica).