Survey on Erwinia amylovora in Australia gave negative results
In Australia, after the first report of Erwinia amylovora (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) in Melbourne and Adelaide Botanical gardens in May 1997 (see EPPO RS 97/145), suspect trees were destroyed and a survey was carried out in all States and the Australian Capital Territory (around Canberra). This intensive survey covered approximately six million trees, more than 1,600 apple and pear orchards, 203 nurseries in major growing areas, and host trees in parks and gardens of 82 cities around Australia. As a result, no evidence of fireblight could be found in the country.
Media Release of 1997-12-17. John Anderson. Minister for Primary Industries and Energy.
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