EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 1999 Num. article: 1999/153

Survey on Bursaphelenchus nematodes in Greek pine forests

A survey for pine nematodes was carried out in Greece from 1996 to 1998. Trees chosen for sampling were either dying or recently dead. Wood samples were taken from 93 pine trees from different parts of Greece. The species sampled were the following: Pinus brutia, P. halepensis, P. nigra, P. sylvestris, P. pinaster and P. radiata. 32 samples were found infected by different species of Bursaphelenchus.

The results were the following:

- Bursaphelenchus eggersi (on P. pinaster)
- B. hellenicus, described as a new species (on P. brutia)
- B. leoni (on P. brutia, P. nigra, P. pinaster, P. radiata)
- B. sexdentati, the most abundant species (on P. brutia, P. halepensis, P. nigra, P. pinaster, P. radiata)
- B. teratospicularis (on P. brutia, P. halepensis).

No Bursaphelenchus species was found on P. sylvestris. The authors noted that all those species are new records for Greece. B. xylophilus was not found.


Skarmoutsos, G.; Skarmoutsou, H. (1999) First record of Bursaphelenchus nematodes from pine forests in Greece.
Plant Disease, 83(9), p 879.