Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

More and more new invasive pests threatening Hungarian agriculture.

Abstract

More and more new, invasive pest species arrive to Hungary. Many of those have successfully established here. reached high population size. and became significant pests of various cultivated plants. Invasions may have natural driving forces. like dispersion and/or migration of species, however, are often caused by anthropogene factors. as an unexpected side effect of turnover of goods (e.g. hidden larvae in agricultural products. including propagation materials, or even wrappings). Examples are listed on invasive pests. which reached Hungary in the 2000's, and also on those, which have been present for a long time, however. have became pests only during the past twenty years. Taking examples from these groups we illustrate how rapidly research sector in Hungary reacted to these new challenges. We also call attention to such pests, which can be expected to arrive to Hungary in the near future and poses threat to agriculture. Beyond the creativity of researchers improvements of laboratory infrastructure and establishments of new quarantine laboratories will be needed to facilitate the developments of novel. effective control methods against these new pests.