First finding of Ralstonia solanacearum in the Czech Republic
The NPPO of the Czech Republic recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first finding of Ralstonia solanacearum (EPPO A2 List) on its territory. The pathogen was detected in one sample of surface water taken from the Labe River during the annual official survey on surface water which was conducted in accordance with article 2 of the EU Council Directive 98/57/EC. This water sample was collected on 2010-09-15 in Počeplice (between the cities of Mělník and Litoměřice), and the identity of the bacterium was confirmed by biological tests on 2010-10-12. Investigations have been initiated by the Czech NPPO to establish the extent of the contamination in accordance with the EU Council Directive 98/57/EC [article 5(1)(c)(i)].
The pest status of Ralstonia solanacearum in the Czech Republic is officially declared as: Present, one record, found in one sample of river water.
NPPO of the Czech Republic (2010-11).
Council Directive 98/57/EC of 20 July 1998 on the control of Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi et al. Official Journal of the European Union L 235, 1-74.