EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 1996 Num. article: 1996/179

Recommendations of the American Phytopathological Society concerning Tilletia indica

In August 1996, the American Phytopathological Society (APS) sent an E-mail message through INTERNET which contained its position statement on the use of quarantines for Tilletia indica (EPPO A1 quarantine pest). After reviewing the current knowledge on the biology of the disease, APS made the following recommendations :

'...the APS recommends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture a) sponsor an international meeting of scientists to evaluate the status and strategies for management of the smut and bunt diseases of cereals world-wide, with particular attention to Karnal bunt, b) take a leading role in reevaluation of international policies on the use of quarantines to prevent the movement of cereal smut and bunt fungi, and c) maintain a research effort at some level on smut and bunt diseases of cereals, including Karnal bunt.
For its role, APS will work through the International Society for Plant Pathology to enlist the international community of plant pathologists to a) assess the current and future threat of cereal smut and bunt diseases to cereal-based agriculture world-wide, b) examine the scientific basis for plant quarantines to limit, retard, or prevent the international spread of cereal smut and bunt fungi, and c) examine the scientific basis of plant quarantines for the 21st century.'


American Phytopathological Society, 1996-08.