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EU admits defeat against rootworms

Plant health measures put in place in 2003 to stop the establishment and spread of western corn rootworms (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) in the EU have failed, the European Commission says. The pest has become established in over half the region's growing area and it is no longer feasible to prevent further spread, it adds. The admission comes in a Commission decision to remove the pest from Annex I of EU Directive 2000/29, which requires specific measures to be taken against listed organisms. Instead, the Commission has issued recommended control measures that acknowledge the need for insecticides.

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