The hazelnut mite (Tetranycopsis horridus) has been recently detected in Victoria's north east and within the Dandenong Ranges. This is the first time the pest has been detected in Australia.
Overseas the species has a broad geographic distribution that includes Europe (from Spain to western Russia), China, and the United States of America. Hazelnut mites have been reported as destructive to some economic crops.
The mites feed on hazelnut leaves causing discoloration. The main host is hazelnut, but it has been reported on other species including walnut, spruce, pine, and yarrow.
El Nino is on the decline, and warm ocean temperatures in the Indian Ocean and off southern Australia are likely to increase moisture in weather systems across southern Australia. As a result the NSW three month outlook is for cooler and wetter weather than usual at this time of year.
This publication is a summary of the import conditions for plants, plant products and other specified (regulated) items entering into or moving within New South Wales (NSW).
The conditions described under each section are established under subordinate legislation of the New South Wales Plant Diseases Act 1924 No.38 (the Act) and regulate the importation of plants, plant products and other specified items on account of a pest or disease of concern to NSW.