EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 06 - 2017 Num. article: 2017/121

First report of Synchytrium endobioticum in Greece

During official surveys conducted in 2011, Synchytrium endobioticum (EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time in Greece. The fungus was found in 2 potato (Solanum tuberosum) fields in the municipality of Kato Nevrokopi (Regional unit of Drama). Typical wart symptoms on stolons and tubers were observed. The identification of S. endobioticum was based on the EPPO diagnostic protocol PM 7/28. Additional studies were conducted and confirmed the presence of pathotype 18(T1) in both potato fields. Phytosanitary measures were implemented in accordance with the EU Council Directive 69/464/EEC. Potato crops on the 2 infested fields were destroyed. In the buffer zone, only potato cultivars resistant to pathotype 18(T1) will be allowed to be planted.
The situation of Synchytrium endobioticum in Greece can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2011 in 2 potato fields, under official control.


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