EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2018 Num. article: 2018/174

First report of Globodera pallida in Kenya

In Kenya, Globodera pallida (EPPO A2 List) was detected for the first time during a nationwide survey conducted in 2016. The nematode, identified on the basis of its morphological characteristics, was found in Nyandarua county at an altitude of 2 349 m above sea level. In February 2017, further studies were conducted, and additional soil samples were collected from the field (crop not specified) in Nyandarua county. Molecular and inoculation tests to potted potato plants (Solanum tuberosum cv. Shangi) confirmed the identity of G. pallida. This is the first time that G. pallida is reported from Kenya. It is recalled that G. rostochiensis also occurs in Kenya where it was first found in 2014 (see EPPO RS 2015/129).

The situation of Globodera pallida in Kenya can be described as follows: Present, only in some areas (first found in 2016 in Nyandarua county).


Mburu H, Cortada L, Mwangi G, Gitau K, Kiriga A, Kinyua Z, Ngundo G, Ronno W, Coyne D, Holgado R, Haukeland S (2018) First report of potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida infecting potato (Solanum tuberosum) in Kenya. Plant Disease 102(8), p 1671.