The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) is conducting a pest risk assessment of selected Epitrix species.
Flea beetles of the genus Epitrix are small beetles that mainly feed on plants of the genus Solanaceae. However, some flea beetles feed on potatoes, which can reduce crop yield and decrease crop value. Most flea beetles originate in Latin America.
The project group consists of:
The project group members were chosen based on their relevant competence within entomology, ecology, plant health and risk assessments. Two peer reviewers will be appointed to the project before completion. The Panel on Plant Health will evaluate and approve the final opinion drafted by the project group. The risk assessment will be published in November 2019.