A new publication in Phytoparasitica ( Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010) by Dr. Tülin Kılıç made the first official record of Tuta absoluta in Turkey. This record came after the appearance of number of reports in the Turkish press.
The first discovery goes back to August 2009 when boring lepidopteran larvae were found on aerial parts of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) plants in the Urla District of Izmir Province within the Aegean Region of Turkey. Dr. Tülin Kılıç is base at Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Plant Protection Research Institute, Bornova , Izmir.
Previously the Turkish news paper Yeni Alanya last week week reported the presence of Tuta absoluta in regions of Canakkale, Mugla and Azmir.
The newspaper Gazetport quoted Prof. Rifat Ulusoy from the Cukurova University, Faculty of Agriculture, confirming the presence of Tuta absoluta in Gallipoli province in addition to Azmir and Mugla.
Separately, Dr. Bouncers Values from the Akdeniz University, Faculty of Agriculture published an artical confirming the presence of Tuta absoluta in the Antalya province.
The geographical spread of the reported locations and its coverage of both greenhouse and open field tomato, raises the alarm to the potential risk paused to the tomato production in Turkey. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) considers Turkey to be the world third largest producer of tomato.