EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 08 - 2012 Num. article: 2012/164

First report of Globodera pallida in Slovenia

During an official survey on potato cyst nematodes carried out in autumn 2011 in Slovenia, Globodera pallida (EPPO A2 List) was detected in 1 soil sample. This infected soil sample (containing 2 viable cysts) had been collected from a ware potato field near Ivančna Gorica (central Slovenia). Following this initial finding, 69 additional samples were collected from the surroundings and viable cysts of G. pallida were found in 5 samples taken from 2 neighbouring fields (one of grassland and the other from clover). As a result, 3 fields (1.9;ha) were declared infested and eradication measures are being taken against G. pallida. It is suspected that G. pallida was introduced via infested ware potatoes, as a ware potato processing facility is situated in very close proximity to the infested fields. It is noted that this processing unit regularly imports ware potato from countries where the nematode occurs, and that waste waters from potato tuber washing have been discharged onto the grassland field.
The situation of Globodera pallida in Slovenia can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2011 in 3 fields (1.9 ha), under eradication.


Širca S, Geric Stare B, Strajnar P, Urek G, Miklič Lautar I (2012) First report of the pale cyst nematode Globodera pallida from Slovenia. Plant Disease 96(5), p 773.