Statutory action against findings. Research into temperature development requirements. Europe-wide PRA. Awareness raising with industry and targeted surveillance at nurseries and premises where wood is processed.
Ambrosia beetle which can affect a wide range of broadleaved trees, widespread in Africa, Asia and parts of the US, with outbreaks in France and Italy. The UK climate is unlikely to be suitable for the pest to thrive and cause significant damage but needs to be investigated through research. A Europe-wide PRA will help inform the case for EU regulation. Premises involved in importing wood and host plants from Italy in particular, where official measures are not being taken, should source material carefully.