Elsinoë australis and tomato black ring nepovirus are not present in Italy
The EPPO Secretariat has been informed by the Italian Plant Protection Service that Elsinoë australis (EU Annex II/A1) and tomato black ring nepovirus (EU Annex II/A2) are not present in Italy.
In the EPPO Data Sheet on E. fawcetii, it is recorded that E. australis was found on lemon fruits in Sicily according to a publication of Ciccarone, 1957. However, the Italian authorities stressed that this fungi was observed once in summer on green fruits of lemon, under very specific climatic conditions, and was never found again since that date.
Concerning tomato black ring nepovirus, the EPPO Data Sheet mentioned that its presence in Italy has not been confirmed (see also EPPO RS 94/234). At present, the Italian authorities noted that according to national surveys carried out on the national territory, tomato black ring nepovirus is not present in Italy.
Italian Plant Protection Service, 1994-11.
Ciccarone, A. (1957) [Elsinoë australis Bitancourt et Jenkins, causing a citrus scab in Sicily].
Rivista di Agrumicoltura 2, 1-36.