Xanthomonas campestris pv. citri reported again from Florida (US)
The EPPO Secretariat has recently been informed by USDA that citrus canker, Xanthomonas campestris pv. citri (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) has been found in Miami, Florida (US), which is far away from the citrus-growing areas where the previous foci had been observed. Studies have shown that the disease is caused by the A strain of citrus canker. The disease is present in a small area (13.5 square miles) located between the Miami international airport and Florida International University. This area is only residential without any commercial citrus groves or nurseries. So far, 3,000 of the estimated 27,000 residential properties in the infested area have been inspected and approximately 25 % of the inspected properties have been found to contain infested trees. Measures are being taken to prevent any movement of citrus plant material from this infested area.