Sanitary inspectors of Kyiv region found a batch of infected tomatoes in Kyiv region. The press office of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection reported that on Monday morning.
The actual incident occurred at the Skhidny customs office in Prolisky village, Kyiv region on March 13. The inspectors found out that the tomatoes brought from Turkey were infected with the South American moth.
The suppliers tried to bring 17.21-ton cargo across the customs border in Kyiv region, but the Ukrainian authority detained the cargo and sent Turkey the note, which states that it does not meet this country's sanitary requirement.
The larva feeds voraciously upon tomato plants, producing large galleries in leaves, burrowing in stalks, and consuming apical buds and green and ripe fruits. It is capable of causing a yield loss of 100%.
Tomato is the main host plant, but T. absoluta also attacks other crop plants of the nightshade family, including potato, eggplant, pepino, pepper and tobacco. It is known from many solanaceous weeds, including Datura stramonium, Lycium chilense, and Solanum nigrum.
The adult moth has a wingspan around one centimeter. In favorable weather conditions, eight to ten generations can occur in a single year.
The moth is repeatedly detected in locations across the globe - originally in South America, Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.