Discula destructiva found again in Germany
In 2003, dogwood anthracnose caused by Discula destructiva (EPPO Alert List) was found in Germany (in Bayern and Saarland) on a few Cornus florida and C. nuttallii plants. Infected plants had been destroyed (EPPO RS 2003/138). In July 2004, another occurrence of this disease was found. Six plants of Cornus sp. showing symptoms of D. destructiva were detected in a company (Berlin). The identity of the fungus was then confirmed by microscopic identification. In May 2005, visual inspections and laboratory tests were done but the fungus was no longer detected. It was considered that the infection found in 2004 had been eradicated.
The pest status of D. destructiva in Germany is officially declared as follows: Present, few outbreaks; to be determined by further monitoring.
NPPO of Germany, 2005-08.