The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has identified five pests Spanish cherry exporters would need to control if were to gain export access to the North American country.
The government agency released full details of the threats, and other pests it determined to have a “negligible likelihood of introduction”, in a draft pest risk analysis (PRA) that is now available to the public for comment until June 1.
In the draft PRA, APHIS said Spanish cherries carried a high risk of introduction for the cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) and the fungus Monilinia fructigena.
Additionally, the agency determined the following pests were of medium risk: Medfly, the plum fruit moth (Grapholita funebrana) and cherry leaf scorch (Apiognomonia erythrostoma).