EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 01 - 2013 Num. article: 2013/006

First report of Meloidogyne ethiopica in Greece

In summer 2009, the presence of Meloidogyne ethiopica (EPPO Alert List) was detected in 2 soil samples which had been collected from maize (Zea mays) and kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) crops near Kavalla, Northern Greece. It is stressed that M. ethiopica might pose a significant threat to farmers in Greece and that its establishment and spread should be prevented. This is the first record of M. ethiopica in Greece and the second for Europe (this nematode was first found in Slovenia - see EPPO RS 2011/094).
The situation of Meloidogyne ethiopica in Greece can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2009 near Kavalla on outdoor crops (maize and kiwifruit).


Conceição IL, Tzortzakakis EA, Gomes P, Abrantes I, da Cunha MJ (2012) Detection of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne ethiopica in Greece. European Journal of Plant Pathology 134(3), 451-457.