Globodera rostochiensis found in Slovenia
The potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) is listed as an A1 quarantine pest for Slovenia. During laboratory tests in a systematic survey of seed-potato fields in 1999, round cysts suspected to belong to this species were found in one sample. In 2000-02, more intensive soil sampling was done in the same area and, using laboratory analysis, it was established that the field was actually infested with G. rostochiensis. According to the national legislation harmonized with EU Directive 69/465/EEC, all necessary measures were taken, including: 18 t of seed potatoes from the infected field were destroyed and the storehouse was disinfected; the infested field (6 ha) was marked and grassed for at least 10 years; a safety zone of 50 ha was defined with prohibition of potato growing. Systematic surveys of seed and ware potato fields are now (2000) being carried out, with special stress on the areas surrounding the infected field. In terms of ISPM No. 8, the status of Globodera rostochiensis in Slovenia is "Present: very limited distribution, under eradication".