Further findings of Synchytrium endobioticum in Prince Edward Island (Canada)
In October 2000 (EPPO RS 2000/167), Synchytrium endobioticum (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was detected in one potato field in Prince Edward Island (Canada). Strict phytosanitary measures were put in place, including restrictions on the movement of potatoes within a buffer zone, surveillance and certification programmes. In September 2002, the fungus was detected in two other fields located in the vicinity of the first find. Potatoes from both infected fields were being harvested for processing only. During the past 2 years, 11,600 soil samples were analysed, 8400 inspections were conducted and 7000 fields have been declared free from S. endobioticum. The situation of S. endobioticum in Canada can be described as follows: Present, found only in 3 fields on Prince Edward Island, under eradication.
ProMED postings of 2002-09-04 ; 2002-09-06.
Potato wart disease – Canada (Prince Edward Island) (1 ; 2)