First report of Phytophthora ramorum in Slovakia
The NPPO of Slovakia recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Phytophthora ramorum (EPPO A2 List) on its territory. In June 2018, the presence of P. ramorum was confirmed in 1 plant within a lot of 64 Rhododendron plants, in a garden centre located in the municipality of Kvetoslavov. This finding was made during an official survey. The source of this infection is probably linked to imports of infested plant material from abroad. Phytosanitary measures have been taken to eradicate the disease, and a communication campaign has been launched to raise public awareness on P. ramorum.
The pest status of Phytophthora ramorum in Slovakia is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of Slovakia (2018-07).