EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 2011 Num. article: 2011/222

Further detections of Phytophthora lateralis in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, Phytophthora lateralis (EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time in October 2010 in a park in Scotland (EPPO RS 2011/026). In March 2011, the disease was reported from other sites in Scotland (EPPO RS 2011/135). More recently, P. lateralis was found on Chamaecyparis lawsoniana trees in parks and gardens in England (Devon and Yorkshire) and in several forest sites in Northern Ireland (Tollymore Forest Park, Mourne, Somerset, Castlewellan, and Belvoir Forests). In addition to public forests, a small number of private sites with infected trees were also confirmed in Northern Ireland (county of Down). Phytosanitary measures are being taken to prevent any further spread of the disease.
The situation of Phytophthora lateralis in the United Kingdom can be described as follows: Present, first detected in 2010 in Scotland, further findings (amenity and forest trees) in England and Northern Ireland, under official control.


- News release no. 15023 of 2011-10-19. Urban tree disease found in England.
- News release no. 15149 of 2011-12-02. Yorkshire trees hit by new disease.

Northern Ireland Executive.
- New release of 2011-08-12. Operation underway to prevent spread of tree disease at Tollymore Forest Park. http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/index/media-centre/news-departments/news-dard/news-archive-dard-aug-11/news-dard-120811-operation-underway-to.htm
- New release of 2011-10-20. Further findings of Lawson cypress caused by the tree disease detected. http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news-dard-201011-further-findings-of