Distribution of Tuta absoluta in Niger

Scholars Academic Journal of Biosciences (SAJB)
Sch. Acad. J. Biosci., 2017; 5(2):108-113
©Scholars Academic and Scientific Publisher
ISSN 2321-6883 (Online)
ISSN 2347-9515 (Print)

Geographical distribution of the tomato borer, Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in Niger

1*Haougui Adamou, 2Madougou Garba, 3Mounouni Dan Mairo, 4Basso Adamou, 2Salissou Oumarou, 2Bague Gougari, 5Aissa Kimba, 2Moumouni Abou, 5Patrick Delmas

1University of Tillabéri, Niger (West Africa)
2Direction Générale de la Protection des Végétaux (Niger)
3University of Tahoua (Niger)
4National Institute of Agronomic Research of Niger (INRAN)
5Réseau des Chambres d’Agriculture du Niger

The tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta, is a destructive insect pest of Solanaceous crops. It was reported for the first time in 2013 in Niger, a country in West Africa. Three years after its introduction, a survey was conducted in all regions of the country using pheromone traps or direct catch to track its distribution. The results of this survey showed that the pest is present in 7 of the 8 regions of Niger; only the Diffa region was not infested. But with its high reproductive rate and its great capacity for dissemination, there is a high risk that this last region becomes infested rapidly. The insect pest could also rapidly spread into neighboring countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Benin because of the trade links they have with Niger. Keywords: invasive pest, tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta, geographical distribution, Niger.

*Corresponding author: Haougui Adamou; email: ahaougui@yahoo.com

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