First report of Ralstonia solanacearum in Slovakia
The NPPO of Slovakia recently notified the first findings of Ralstonia solanacearum (EPPO A2 list) on plants of Solanum tuberosum on its territory. All necessary measures have been taken to prevent the spread and to eradicate the bacterium. The findings are located in five contiguous cadastral territories: Tureň, Senec, Kráľová pri Senci, Nový Svet (all of them in district of Senec) and Pusté Úľany (district of Galanta), and at some distance in another cadastral territory: Radvaň nad Dunajom (district of Komárno). These findings have been confirmed by IF, PCR and RFLP testing. The source of infected potatoes is currently being investigated. However, it is assumed that the original potato seeds belonging to cultivars Agria, Impala, Provento, Amorosa and Red Scarlet were imported from EU member states.
The situation of R. solanacearum in Slovakia can be described as follows: First reported in 2004, in six localities in the districts of Senec, Galanta and Komárno, under eradication.
NPPO of Slovakia, 2004-01.