Update on the situation of Lecanosticta acicola in Latvia
Lecanosticta acicola (EPPO A2 List) was first reported in Latvia in 2012 in Salaspils (EPPO RS 2012/168) and again in 2016 (RS 2019/040). In August 2018, it was detected during an official survey on 6 Pinus trees in a nursery in the municipality of Ilūkstes. In May 2019, the fungus was found in 20 symptomatic Pinus mugo trees in green areas of the municipality of Daugavpils. A further survey was conducted and in total 51 Pinus trees were found to be positive for L. acicola in this area. In August 2019, it was also found on one Pinus tree in a green area near a nursery in the same municipality. In all cases, eradication measures haven been applied.
The pest status of Lecanosticta acicola in Latvia is officially declared as: Present, under eradication, only in some parts of the Member State concerned.
NPPO of Latvia (2018-09, 2019-07, 2019-08).