First report of Dothistroma pini in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Dothistroma pini on its territory. The pathogen was detected in February 2018 in 3 Pinus sp. plants in a private garden in the municipality of Thiessow (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). The owner of the garden had sent plant samples to the plant protection service for identification and phytosanitary inspectors later took an official sample. Only D. pini was identified in the affected pine trees (D. septosporum and Lecanostica acicola were not found). This is the first time that D. pini is reported from Germany. Phytosanitary measures will be taken to eradicate the pathogen. The plants will be treated with fungicides and inspected intensively, and a survey will take place in the surroundings of the infected garden.
The pest status of Dothistroma pini in Germany is officially declared as: Present, under eradication.
NPPO of Germany (2018-08).