First record of Grapevine flavescence dorée phytoplasma in Slovenia
In Slovenia, the presence of Scaphoideus titanus (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) the vector of grapevine flavescence dorée phytoplasma (EPPO A2 List) was first noted in 1983. Until 2002, S. titanus was restricted to the southwestern part of Slovenia. In 2003, it was found in the northeastern part, near Maribor and Sebeborci. After 2003, S. titanus was caught in many new localities in the northeastern and southern parts of Slovenia and finally spread to all grapevine-growing regions of the country. For several years, grapevine flavescence dorée phytoplasma was not found in Slovenia, but in 2005 its presence was detected for the first time in a limited area close to the Adriatic coast. Phytosanitary measures (compulsory treatments against the insect vector) were taken to prevent any further spread of the disease.
The situation of Grapevine flavescence dorée phytoplasma in Slovenia can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2005 in a limited area near the Adriatic coast, under official control.
Seljak G (2008) Distribution of Scaphoideus titanus in Slovenia: its new significance after the first occurrence of grapevine ‘flavescence dorée’. Bulletin of Insectology 61(1), 201-202.