First finding of Discula destructiva in Lombardia, Italy
In spring 2003, the causal agent of dogwood anthracnose, Discula destructiva (EPPO Alert List), was found in one nursery in Lombardia, Italy. The pathogen was found on plants of Cornus florida and C. nuttallii showing anthracnose symptoms. Further field observations during the season and laboratory investigations confirmed that the causal agent was D. destructiva. According to the EPPO Secretariat, this is the first record of D. destructiva in Italy.
The situation of D. destructiva in Italy can be described as follows: Present, found in 2003, in one nursery in Lombardia.
Servizio Fitosanitario della Regione Lombardia (IT), 2004-01.