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WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that it has released $16.922 million in emergency funding to prevent the spread of European grapevine moth (EGVM) in California.
“With this additional funding, our critical work with our partners to protect California's grape, wine, stone fruit and other industries will continue without interruption in 2011,” said Cindy Smith, APHIS administrator. “ Our ongoing, intensive survey and regulatory activities in the state are reducing the spread of the pest and are preventing potentially extensive crop damage. We know that this issue is of great interest to the California Congressional delegation, and we appreciate the importance that they place on protecting U.S. agriculture from plant pest. ”
APHIS, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), county officials, affected industry and the University of California Cooperative Extension are cooperating closely to conduct response activities. These efforts include outreach, surveys, quarantine enforcement and grower-led treatments. APHIS also provides scientific support by hosting international technical working groups to review the most current data and provide science-based recommendations for survey and treatment protocols.
EGVM ( Lobesia botrana) is a significant pest of grapes. The moth is found in Europe, the Mediterranean, southern Russia, Japan, the Middle East, Near East and northern and western Africa. Since 1986, surveys for this pest have been conducted throughout the United States without detections. However, in the fall of 2009, EGVM was found in California, its first detection both in the United States and North America. To date, APHIS and CDFA have established quarantine areas in all or portions of Fresno, Mendocino, Merced, Napa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties to prevent the spread of EGVM.
More information about APHIS' EGVM program is available online at www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/eg_moth/index.shtml. In addition, www.hungrypests.com contains a wealth of information about EGVM.
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