EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 05 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/098

Ralstonia solanacearum detected in Pelargonium in Canada

In May 2020, the NPPO of Canada confirmed the detection of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (EPPO A2 List) in a symptomatic geranium (Pelargonium sp. Fantasia ‘Pink Flare’) sample collected from a greenhouse in Ontario. This geranium variety had been imported from a production facility in Guatemala. All geranium plants belonging to this variety have been destroyed and the glasshouse disinfected. Official inspections are being carried out in all greenhouses which had received Fantasia ‘Pink Flare’ geranium cuttings.

The pest status of Ralstonia solanacearum (race 3 biovar 2) in Canada is officially declared as: Transient: actionable, under eradication.


NAPPO Phytosanitary Alert System. Official Pest Reports. Canada (2020-05-11) Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2: detection in a Canada greenhouse. https://www.pestalerts.org/official-pest-report/ralstonia-solanacearum-race-3-biovar-2-detection-canada-greenhouse