Absence of Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) solanacearum in Belgium
As already reported in January (EPPO RS 96/002) Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) solanacearum (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) is no longer present in Belgium. The Plant Protection Service of Belgium has informed the EPPO Secretariat of the final results of the 1995 survey which are presented below.
In 1995, 95 % of the Belgian production of seed potatoes have been tested for B. solanacearum and found free. In addition, as a preventive measure no seed potatoes are grown in the northern area of the country where previous outbreaks had been found and successfully eradicated. Concerning ware potatoes, 89 samples have been tested in the laboratory and more than 1000 lots have been visually inspected at packing stations or industrial sites. Samples were constituted of 200 tubers per 25 t which were cut and inspected. No contamination was found. These results confirm the absence of B. solanacearum in Belgium. Surveys will continue in 1996.
Plant Protection Service of Belgium, 1996-07