Situation of Erwinia amylovora in Ireland in 2009
The results of the 2009 survey for Erwinia amylovora (EPPO A2 List) were sent by the NPPO of Ireland to the EPPO Secretariat. Intensive inspections were carried out in each of the 26 Irish counties from early June to late October 2009. All registered nurseries were inspected twice. Garden centres, public parks, private gardens and the wider environment were also inspected. All susceptible species were inspected and sampled. In total, 1543 plant samples were tested according to the EPPO diagnostic protocol PM 7/20 for E. amylovora. As a result, E. amylovora was detected in 21 samples and only on Cotoneaster. Of the 21 positive findings, 8 were in Galway, 5 in Dublin, 4 in Cork, and 1 each in Donegal, Limerick, Mayo and Wicklow. E. amylovora was detected in 1 nursery (county Donegal) and all other findings were made along roadsides, private gardens or public parks. As in previous years, in all cases where a positive was found, the infected plant and all nearby susceptible host plants were destroyed by either burning or deep burial. Further inspections were carried out at these locations later in the season and they will be intensively inspected and sampled for at least the next two years. E. amylovora was not detected in locations where it had been detected previously.
The situation of Erwinia amylovora in Ireland can be described as follows: Present, isolated findings on Cotoneaster, under eradication.
NPPO of Ireland (2010-07).