Update on the situation of Synchytrium endobioticum in Georgia
Potato wart disease caused by Synchytrium endobioticum (EPPO A2 List) was first detected during observations of potato in home gardens in 2009–2013 in Khulo district (EPPO RS 2014/146). In 2016–2018 more outbreaks were detected in different home gardens of 17 villages in Khulo district and 2 villages of Mestia district in northern Georgia. Isolates of S. endobioticum were tested to identify the pathotype present in Georgia. The authors concluded that the pathotype found in Georgia is not known in Europe. In its reactions, this pathotype resembles pathotype 38 (Nevşehir), which was detected in the non‐European part of Turkey.
Sikharulidze ZV, Ghoghoberidze SY, Mentink NM., Meparishvili GV, Tsetskhladze TM, Leeuwen GCM (2019) Identification of the pathotype of Synchytrium endobioticum, causal agent of potato wart disease, present in Georgia. EPPO Bulletin 49, 314– 320. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/epp.12582