Incursions of Cylindrocladium buxicola in Austria
The presence of Cylindrocladium buxicola (formerly EPPO Alert List) was detected for the first time in Austria in 2008. The fungus had been detected in a private garden in Vienna (EPPO RS 2008/203) and in a nursery in Steiermark (EPPO RS 2009/009). All infected Buxus plants were destroyed and the disease was considered eradicated. In 2010, the NPPO of Austria reported other outbreaks. C. buxicola was detected in Salzburg in a private garden and because all infected plants were destroyed, this outbreak was considered eradicated. Later in 2010, C. buxicola was detected in Oberösterreich. It was found on Buxus plants in 4 trading companies, 4 nurseries and 1 cemetery. Tracing-back studies showed that some of the infected plants had been imported from another EU member state which was duly informed. All plants from infected lots (in total 10 688) were burned and the companies concerned were not allowed to export plants.
The pest status of Cylindrocladium buxicola in Austria is officially declared as: Local outbreaks, under eradication.
NPPO of Austria (2010-02, 2010-06).