Gibberella circinata eradicated in France
In December 2005, the presence of Gibberella circinata (anamorph Fusarium circinatum – EPPO A1 List) was detected for the first time in France (see EPPO RS 2006/164). The fungus was found in 5 trees (Pinus spp. and Pseudotsuga menziesii) in a private garden in Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales department, Languedoc-Roussillon region). All infected trees were destroyed in March and April 2006. Intensive surveys were carried out in 2006 and 2007 on the infected site and its surroundings (within a radius of 5 km), in parks, gardens and along the roads. 48 visual inspections were made and 42 samples were collected and tested in the laboratory. All results were negative. The NPPO now declares that G. circinata has been eradicated in France.
The pest status of Gibberella circinata in France is officially declared as follows: Absent, pest eradicated.
NPPO of France, 2008-02.