First report of citrus huanglongbing in Argentina
In June 2012, the occurrence of citrus huanglongbing (associated with ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ – EPPO A1 List) was detected for the first time in Argentina, in the northeastern part of Misiones province near the border with Brazil. Following this initial detection, surveys were carried out. As of September 2012, 758 sites (total area of 16;760 ha) planted with citrus and other plants which might host the disease or its vector were inspected. Out of a total of 130 collected samples, 9 were tested positive. All infected plants were destroyed. A contingency plan is being carried out and intensive surveys are continuing in Argentina.
The situation of ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ in Argentina can be described as follows: Present, first found in June 2012 on a small number of plants in Misiones province, under eradication.
ProMed posting (no. 20120917.1296650) of 2012-09-17. Huanglongbing, Citrus – Argentina: first report, (Misiones). http://www.promedmail.org
SENASA website. HLB: avances en las acciones de monitorea y control en Misiones. http://www.senasa.gov.ar/contenido.php?to=n;in=11;ino=11;io=21289