Border Surveillance for Invasive Pests
In October 2014, the USDA confirmed the interception of Phaecasiopha fernaldana Walsingham, a particularly devastating to apples fruit, apple buds, leaves and shoots. This was the first detection of this pest in the US.
This article illustrates the importance of diligent and consistent border inspections for invasive species.
Herrick, Christina. Invasive Pest Found First Time in U.S. At Border Crossing. Growing Produce. (October 20, 2014) http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/apples-pears/invasive-pest-found-first-time-in-u-s-at-border-crossing/?utm_source=knowledgemarketing&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=afgenews+10222014&omhide=true
Reposted form October 22, 2014 Facebook post.