n African Entomology - Weevils causing damage to commercial pomegranates, (Lythraceae), in South Africa : short communication




New (Lythraceae) varieties were introduced from India and Israel to South Africa in 2003 (Venter, unpubl.). material imported into South Africa is subject to the terms of the Agricultural Pests Act (Act 36 of 1983) of South Africa and must be certified free of various pests and diseases before entering the country. In order to determine a phytosanitary risk profile of the crop under local conditions, Alternafruit SA (Pty) Ltd conducted a pest and disease survey, spanning two seasons, on selected pomegranate orchards. In September 2007, during the second season, damage to young growth tips was recorded from Heidelberg in the Western Cape Province.


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