EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 2000 Num. article: 2000/113

Ralstonia solanacearum not found in Italy since the 1995 outbreak

In 1995, foci of potato brown rot were found in Veneto and Emilia-Romagna regions of northern Italy in association with imports of seed potatoes infected by Ralstonia solanacearum (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) (RS 96/001). Field surveys have been carried out every year since then (1996/2000) in the potato-growing areas of all Italian regions, and no other outbreaks of the disease have been found. Italy also applies EU Directive 98/57 concerning controls on seed and ware potatoes imported into Italy from other countries, and has found no infected lots. The status of Ralstonia solanacearum in Italy is thus, in terms of ISPM No. 8, "Absent: pest no longer present (confirmed by surveys)".

Italy also applies EU Directive 93/85 on the control of bacterial ring rot of potato and has never found any case of this disease on its territory. The status of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) in Italy is thus "Absent: no pest records (confirmed by surveys)".


NPPO of Italy