Detection and eradication of Fusarium foetens in France
The French NPPO informed the EPPO Secretariat that in recent years Fusarium foetens (EPPO A2 List) has been detected twice in France but successfully eradicated.
In October 2007, F. foetens was detected for the first time on Begonia elatior plants in a nursery (Pays de la Loire region). The infected lot was destroyed. Tracing-back studies were carried out but the source of infection remained unknown, as all mother-plants tested negative.
In March 2010, F. foetens was detected again on Begonia elatior in a nursery located in Pays de la Loire region (but in another department). The whole lot was destroyed and the nursery premises were disinfected. The origin of this infection could not be traced-back. However, since then F. foetens has not been detected again in France, and the NPPO considers that the disease has been eradicated.
The pest status of Fusarium foetens in France is officially declared as: Absent, pest eradicated.
NPPO of France (2011-10).