Pest incursions reported in Finland
During the last few months, the NPPO of Finland has informed the EPPO Secretariat of the following incursions (term approved by the ICPM Glossary working group):
Impatiens necrotic spot tospovirus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found in September 2001 on Begonia pot plants at one nursery producing pot plants and cut flowers. The source of infection is unknown. Eradication measures were taken and all infected pot plants of Begonia were destroyed.
Leptinotarsa decemlineata (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found in July 2001 in potatoes grown in 2 private gardens. It is thought that it came from Russia by natural dispersal or through traffic. Eradication measures were taken and all infested potato plants were destroyed (by burning or chemical treatment).
Puccinia horiana (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found on Dendranthema pot plants at one nursery producing pot plants and cut flowers. It was also found in another nursery producing Dendranthema cut flowers. At these two sites, eradication measures were taken: all infected plants were destroyed, and all other Dendranthema plants were treated.
Tomato spotted wilt tospovirus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found in June 2001 in 2 nurseries, respectively on tomatoes grown for fruit production and on pot plants of Nicotiana. In September 2001, it was also found on Aster plants for cut flower production at one nursery. The source of these infections are unknown. Eradication measures were taken and all infested Aster, tomato and Nicotiana plants were destroyed.
NPPO of Finland, 2001-09-13, 2001-09-17, 2001-10-05, 2001-10-17,