Monilinia fructicola detected for the first time in Emilia-Romagna (IT)
The NPPO of Italy recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first finding of Monilinia fructicola in Emilia-Romagna. At the beginning of 2010, the pathogen was detected on mummified nectarine fruits (Prunus persica var. nectarina cvs. ‘Sweet Lady’, ‘Venus’, ‘Max 7’, ‘Snow ball’). These fruits had been collected during an official survey from 6 orchards: 4 were located in Forlì-Cesena province and 2 in Ravenna province. In the orchards where M. fructicola has been found, all mummified fruits were collected and destroyed. Intensive surveys are being conducted in Emilia-Romagna to better determine the extent of the disease. It can be recalled that in Italy, the presence of M. fructicola was first reported in 2009 in 2 orchards of Piemonte region (EPPO RS 2009/091).
The situation of Monilinia fructicola in Italy can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2009, detected in a limited number of orchards in Piemonte and Emilia-Romagna, under official control.
NPPO of Italy (2010-07).