First record of Phytophthora ramorum in Lithuania
The NPPO of Lithuania recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first finding of Phytophthora ramorum (EPPO Alert List). It was detected on pot plants of Rhododendron catawbiense grown in a nursery in Marijampole region. As part of the annual survey, samples were collected in October 2007 from two R. catawbiense plants which were showing Phytophthora symptoms. The Phytosanitary laboratory of Lithuania confirmed the presence of P. ramorum on the 2007-11-12. Investigations showed that the infected plants were part of two lots (1038 plants and 100 plants) which had been imported from Poland in April 2007. In accordance with the EU and Lithuanian regulations*, phytosanitary measures were applied. All infested plants and susceptible plants located within a radius of 2 metres were destroyed.
The situation of Phytophthora ramorum in Lithuania can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2007 in 1 nursery on potted Rhododendron which had been imported, under eradication.
Commission Decision 2007/201/EC of 27 March 2007 amending Decision 2002/757/EC on provisional emergency phytosanitary measures to prevent the introduction into and the spread within the Community of Phytophthora ramorum Werres, De Cock & Man in‘t Veld sp. nov. http://www.eppo.org/ABOUT_EPPO/EPPO_MEMBERS/phytoreg/eu_texts/2007-201-EC-e.pdf
Order of the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania No. 3D-458 of 2007-10-16 adopting phytosanitary measures against Phytophthora ramorum Werres, De Cock & Man in’t Veld sp. nov.
NPPO of Lithuania, 2007-11.