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New scourge for agriculture is underway

Stink bug alert for Portugal

Pest investigators in Portugal are sounding the alert over a new bug that threatens over 300 plant species, many of them agricultural crops. Halyomorpha halys –the Brown marmorated stink bug– appears to have travelled the world ‘by accident’, and is already in Portugal.

These tiny animals wreak damage on fruit trees of all kinds, as well as other crops, causing millions of dollars worth of losses to farmers in various parts of the United States. Investigators at FCTUC, the Faculty of Science and Technology of Coimbra University, are seriously concerned, saying harvest losses “can reach 90% of production”.

According to, tomatoes, corn, pear trees, vines, citrus and stone-fruits are particularly vulnerable.

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