Phytophthora ramorum found in Bayern, Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the detection of Phytophthora ramorum (EPPO A2 List) in a new area in Germany. In 2014-12-12, the disease was found on 14 (out of 15) rhododendron plants (Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Grandiflorum’) in a private garden at Pöcking, Bayern. Symptoms of shoot dieback and leaf spot were observed. The diseased plants had been delivered to this garden in April 2014, and the first disease symptoms appeared in September 2014. The pathogen was identified morphologically. The plants have been destroyed and tracing-back studies to determine their origin are on-going.
The pest status of Phytophthora ramorum in Germany is officially declared as: Present, few occurrences.
NPPO of Germany (2014-12).