Details on the situation of several quarantine pests in Slovakia
The NPPO of Slovakia recently informed the EPPO Secretariat on the current situation of several quarantine pests:
- Clavibacter michiganensis subsp sepedonicus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest): Absent, intercepted only.
- Clavibacter michiganensis subsp insidiosus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest): Absent, reported but not confirmed. The report of this bacterium in Slovakia came from a pilot survey carried out in 1976 in western Slovakia by the Plant Production Research Institute for breeding purposes. The results of this survey have never been confirmed by any phytosanitary authority.
- Diabrotica virgifera (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae – EPPO A2 quarantine pest): Present, restricted distribution.
- Stolbur phytoplasma (EPPO A2 quarantine pest): it was found in 2000 at three production sites of ware potatoes. The identity of the pathogen was confirmed by PCR. This is the first confirmed case in the last 50 years. In 2001, Stolbur phytoplasma was detected at one place of production, but this was not confirmed by PCR. Present, found only in three places of production.
NPPO of Slovakia (2002-01).