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Portugal improves pine wood nematode control

Portugal has improved its pine wood nematode ( Bursaphelenchus xylophilus) eradication programme, the European Commission's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) says. It has ensured that sufficient personnel and resources are available for registered treatment facilities for wood and wood packaging, and their supervision. However, it retains a high level of non-compliance in the felling of trees and movement of wood in infected areas, the FVO notes. It has advised caution in the application of the fumigant, methyl bromide, such as using temperature measurements to determine gas concentration. Portugal established a new system on methyl bromide and heat treatment facilities last year. The nematodes affected 1 million ha in 2007 ( Agrow No 512, p 9).


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