First report of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae in Germany
In August 2013, the presence of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (EPPO A2 List) was recorded for the first time in Germany. The bacterium was found in 37 kiwifruit plants (Actinidia spp.) in a nursery in Bayern, and on several plants in a garden in Schleswig-Holstein. Affected plants showed spots on the leaves and the pathogen was identified by PCR analysis. In both cases, the infected plants had been delivered by a nursery in Bayern which does not maintain mother plants. Tracing-back studies to identify the possible source of this introduction are still on-going. Official control measures have been taken and all plants concerned have been destroyed.
The pest status of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae in Germany is officially declared as: Transient, only in one area (Bayern and Schleswig-Holstein), under eradication.
NPPO of Germany (2013-08).