EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 1997 Num. article: 1997/138

Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi found in Sicilia (IT)

In 1996, Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found for the first time on field peas grown in Sicilia (IT). Symptoms were observed on peas (cvs Spring and Navona) from four farms. The bacterium was identified by using ELISA, biochemical and pathogenicity tests. The authors noted that this is the first report of Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi in Sicilia. Although climatic conditions in Southern Italy are not favourable to the disease, it is felt that the introduction of infected seeds and the epiphytic survival of the bacterium could lead to outbreaks of the disease.


Cirvilleri, G.; Caldarera, G. (1997) Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi, in coltivazioni di pisello in Sicilia.
Informatore Fitopatologico, no. 7-8, 53-56