Gibberella circinata eradicated from Italy
In 2005, the presence of Gibberella circinata (anamorph Fusarium circinatum - EPPO A1 List) was reported from the region of Puglia on 2 young plants of Pinus halepensis and P. pinea, in the city of Foggia (EPPO RS 2008/071). Because construction work took place on the 2 sites where the fungus was detected, the infected plants and nearby potential host plants were completely removed. In April 2008, samples were taken from Pinus trees located in the vicinity of the previously infected sites but all results were negative. Visual inspections took place in the following months and did not detect any suspicious symptoms. The regional Plant Protection Service of Puglia now considers that G. circinata has been eradicated.
The situation of Gibberella circinata in Italy can be described as follows: Absent, eradicated.
Regional PPO of Puglia, Italy, 2009-01.