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ISSN: 1369 104X
Published twice a year

Publication Details

The Distribution Maps of Plant Pests (formerly called the Distribution Maps of Pests Series A (Agricultural) is a printed series which has been published by CABI Publishing since 1951. For information on pests mapped from 1951 to present day, please see Distribution Maps of Plant Pests Index. Maps and references give information on the world distribution of important arthropod pests of agriculture and forestry, and their products. 18 maps are issued annually in 2 sets of 9. Each set comprises both new maps and revisions of previous editions.

Since 1997 the maps have been compiled with assistance from the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO).

Presence of a pest is represented at 2 levels on the world map: at the national level by a spot in the centre and shading of the whole country, and at the subnational level by a cross in the centre and shading of the state/province. Subnational records are provided for large countries and some other countries with detached parts.

The supporting references are provided on the reverse of the map together with a code for the extent or status of the pest. These codes comprise 4 levels of presence and 3 additional categories (not established, eradicated, intercepted only); the latter are not plotted on the map. The extent code for a country or subnational area has been selected by the editors of the maps and is based on all the information available. In addition, more precise location details are often included and comments may be added at the end of the text to explain complications or doubtful reports.

Records are based on bibliographic data from the CAB ABSTRACTS database, voucher specimens in the collections of the Natural History Museum, London and plant quarantine information from EPPO's PQR database system. Records are compiled and validated by specialists from CABI Information and CABI Bioscience, and EPPO.

Abstracts to most of the literature references are available from the CAB ABSTRACTS database by subscription to CABPESTCD, PEST CABWeb®, Review of Agricultural Entomology or other CABI products. For more information click here.

Comments on the series, suggestions for new maps or revisions, and authenticated additional records are welcome - please contact Nick Pasiecznik at