Update of the situation of Fusarium circinatum in Portugal
In Portugal, Fusarium circinatum (EPPO A2 List) was first found in 2007 (RS 2009/196). It was later detected in October 2017 in 2 locations in Centro region (Pombal and Anadia counties) during official surveys. In both cases, it was found in a forest nursery (open air). Seedlings of Pinus radiata were asymptomatic, but samples were collected and laboratory analyses (according to EPPO Diagnostic Protocol PM 7/91) confirmed the presence of the fungus.
In November 2018, the presence of F. circinatum was confirmed in Norte region in Souto (county of Arcos de Valdevez) on two Pinus pinaster. The infected area is surrounded by eucalyptus stands, agricultural areas and urban areas. No host plants with symptoms were found in the vicinity.
In all cases, official phytosanitary measures were implemented according to national and EU legislation.
The pest status of Fusarium circinatum in Portugal is officially declared as: Present, under eradication, only in some parts of the Member State concerned.
NPPO of Portugal (2017-10, 2017-12, 2019-07).