First report of Phytophthora lateralis in Ireland
The NPPO of Ireland recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first report of Phytophthora lateralis (EPPO A2 List) on its territory. P. lateralis was detected in the county of Waterford (South-East Ireland) in one Lawson cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) growing alongside a road leading to a building accessed by the public. In Ireland, C. lawsoniana is a very minor forest species accounting for 0.7 % of forest tree cover but it is a widely planted ornamental species. Further survey work and sampling are on-going to delimit the infected area and determine appropriate phytosanitary measures.
The situation of Phytophthora lateralis in Ireland can be described as follows: Present, first detected in 2011 in one tree of Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, under official control.
NPPO of Ireland (2011-10).