Isolated finding of Phytophthora ramorum in British Columbia, Canada
In June 2003, during a traceback study, Phytophthora ramorum (EPPO Alert List) was found in a rhododendron plant in a nursery in British Columbia, Canada. This study was initiated following a notification sent by USA concerning a positive find in a US nursery which had shipped material to Canada. In the affected nursery, strict official measures are being taken to prevent any further spread. This is the first record of P. ramorum in Canada.
The situation of P. ramorum in Canada can be described as follows: Present, reported in June 2003 on 1 Rhododendron plant in a nursery of British Columbia, under eradication.
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