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EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2005 Num. article: 2005/034

First report of Synchytrium endobioticum in Turkey

In October 2003, Synchytrium endobioticum (potato wart disease - EPPO A2 list) was detected for the first time in Turkey. Symptoms were observed on a local potato cultivar in Aybastı county (Ordu province in Black Sea region) which is not an important potato-growing area. Later in 2003, S. endobioticum was also found in Niğde and Nevşehir provinces (Central Anatolia) which are important potato-growing areas. In these provinces, potato cultivars (cvs. Agria, Donella, Granola, Marfona and Russet Burbank) were affected by the disease but at a low percentage. Surveys showed that the disease is now present on 907.7 and 23.3 ha in Niğde and Nevşehir provinces, respectively. In Ordu province, it now covers 10 ha. Phytosanitary measures are being applied by the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture, according to EU Directive 69/464. Surveys are continuing in Turkey. The situation of S. endobioticum in Turkey can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2003 in Ordu province (Black Sea region) and Niğde and Nevşehir provinces (Central Anatolia), under official control.


Çakır E (2005) First report of potato wart disease caused by Synchytrium endobioticum in Turkey. New Disease Reports, Volume 11: February 2005 - July 2005. http://www.bspp.org.uk/ndr/july2005/2005-23.asp