First report of Erwinia amylovora in Latvia
The NPPO of Latvia recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first finding of Erwinia amylovora (EPPO A2 List) on its territory in 2007. Following the first discovery of the disease, the NPPO performed surveys across the whole of Latvia. ;Approximately 2000 inspections were carried out and 700 symptomatic samples were collected. At present, 7 outbreaks of fireblight have been identified in 4 districts: 6 outbreaks in Zemgale region (Bauska, Dobele and Jelgava districts), 1 outbreak in Vidusdaugava region (Jēkabpils district). Fireblight was found on Malus, Pyrus and Crataegus plants, mainly in private gardens but also in 4 commercial orchards and 1 research centre. Phytosanitary measures are being taken to eradicate the disease by destroying infected plants and surrounding host plants. Further investigations are being made.
The status of Erwinia amylovora in Latvia is officially declared as follows: Present, under eradication.
NPPO of Latvia, 2007-08.