Details on Gibberella circinata (pitch canker) in Chile
The NPPO of Chile recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the situation of Gibberella circinata (EPPO Alert List – anamorph Fusarium circinatum). G. circinata was identified for the first time in Chile in December 2001 on Pinus radiata, in 3 nurseries located in Region VIII (see also EPPO RS 2001/176). National surveys (visual inspections, sampling and laboratory testing) have been carried in forest nurseries, plantations, hedges and isolated pine trees to delimit the extent of the infestation. In parallel, inoculation tests on nursery plants are being carried out to study the symptomatology and pathogenicity of G. circinata. Phytosanitary measures are being considered.
NPPO of Chile, 2002-04.