Australian Journal of Entomology (2001) 40, 180-192

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Mark A. Stanaway, Myron P. Zalucki, Peter S. Gillespie and Claudina M. Rodriguez (2001)
Pest risk assessment of insects in sea cargo containers
Australian Journal of Entomology 40 (2), 180-192
Abstract: A survey of the floors of 3001 empty sea cargo containers in storage was undertaken to estimate the quarantine risk of importing exotic insect pests into Australia, with special reference to pests of timber. More than 7400 live and dead insects were collected from 1174 containers. No live infestations of timber-feeding insects were recorded, but feeding damage detected in one floor indicates a low risk of importing colonies of timber pests in containers. The survey collection of dead insects demonstrates that containers are regularly exposed to economically important quarantinable insects, including timber pests (bostrichids, curculionids, cerambycids, siricids and termites), agricultural pests (including Adoretus sinicus, Adoretus sp., Carpophilus obsoletus and Philaenus spumarius), and nuisance pests (vespids and Solenopsis sp.). Stored product pests were found in more than 10% of containers. The assessment of pest risk associated with shipping containers is discussed in terms of the quantity and quality of opportunities for exotic insects to establish via this pathway.
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(original language: English)
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Database assignments for author(s): Myron P. Zalucki

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
quarantine treatments/regulations/aspects

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Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Carpophilus obsoletus Wood products
Philaenus spumarius Wood products
Adoretus sinicus Wood products
Anobium punctatum Wood products
Dinoderus minutus Wood products
Lyctus brunneus Wood products
Heterobostrychus aequalis Wood products
Minthea rugicollis Wood products
Aromia moschata Wood products
Phoracantha semipunctata Wood products
Tetropium castaneum Wood products
Ips grandicollis Wood products
Euplatypus parallelus Wood products