First report of Globodera rostochiensis in Croatia
The NPPO of Croatia recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that Globodera rostochiensis (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) has been found for the first time in Croatia during the 2001 growing-season. The nematode cysts were found in a soil sample taken from a private potato plot at Belica (northwest part of Croatia) in July 2001. The identity of the nematode was confirmed by the Institute for Agricultural Zoology of the Faculty of Agronomy in Zagreb. Following this first finding, a survey was carried out in the northwest part of Croatia, in two counties: Međimurska županija and Varaždinska županija. In September and October, 200 soil samples were collected (over an area of 58 ha) and tested. The presence of potato cyst nematodes was confirmed in 110 samples. A systematic survey for the whole territory of Croatia has been prepared and eradication measures are being taken in the infested area, in accordance with the provisions of the EU Directive (69/465/EEC) on control of Potato Cyst Eelworm. The situation of G. rostochiensis in Croatia can be described as follows: Present, only in the northwest region, under eradication.
NPPO of Croatia, 2001-12.