EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 01 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/004

First report of Chalara fraxinea in Ireland

In October 2012, the presence of Chalara fraxinea (teleomorph Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus – EPPO Alert List) was reported for the first time in Ireland. Ash dieback was found at one site in county Leitrim on young ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). Phytosanitary measures were taken to eradicate the disease and included: destruction of infected trees, specific surveys, tracing-back studies, and restrictions on the movements of ash plants. As a result of specific surveys, the presence of C. fraxinea was detected in 15 young forest plantations, 6 horticultural nurseries and 1 garden. As of 2012-12-13, C. fraxinea was found in forest plantations in counties Leitrim, Meath, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford and Galway.
The situation of Chalara fraxinea in Ireland can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2012 in several counties (Leitrim, Meath, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Waterford, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Longford and Galway), under eradication.


Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland.
Chalara disease found in young ash trees. Press release of 2012-10-12. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/forestry/ashdiebackchalara/PR12Oct12.pdf
Government steps up ash dieback (Chalara) eradication measures. Press release of 2012-12-13. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/forestry/ashdiebackchalara/PR13Dec12.pdf