Occurrence of Meloidogyne chitwoodi in Germany
The NPPO of Germany informed the EPPO Secretariat of the occurrence of Meloidogyne chitwoodi (EPPO A2 list) in Nordrhein-Westfalen. In October 2003, the presence of M. chitwoodi was suspected, and this was confirmed by morphological determination and molecular tests (TaqMan, SCAR-PCR). The origin of this infestation is unknown.
The pest status of M. chitwoodi in Germany is officially declared as follows: Present, one single occurrence; under survey.
EPPO note: This nematode had already been suspected in Germany near Hamburg and the Dutch border in the 1990s (EPPO RS 96/205), specimens were later confirmed as M. chitwoodi but, in the meantime, nematodes could no longer be found in the field.
NPPO of Germany, 2005-07.