Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. albedinis intercepted in Spain on datepalm material from Egypt
The Spanish Plant Protection Service reports that, in a collection of datepalm material imported from Egypt before 1993-06-01, and held in quarantine in M laga, 18 plants have died as a result of serious attack by Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. albedinis (EPPO A2 quarantine pest). In 1992-12, 17 other datepalm from Egypt died from the same cause at M laga (Puerto Ban£s), while in 1993-06, 10 more died at Marbella. All material concerned was destroyed by incineration. The lots were handled by different importers, who declared that they originated in different parts of Egypt.
It may be noted that, according to EPPO's existing information, F. oxysporum f.sp. albedinis is not known to occur in Egypt. This interception report awaits independent confirmation by the exporting country.
Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, ES.