First report of Phytophthora kernoviae in New Zealand
In March 2006, the presence of Phytophthora kernoviae (EPPO Alert List) was reported for the first time in New Zealand. The pathogen was found during studies determining which species of Phytophthora were present in New Zealand. P. kernoviae was found at 2 sites in Northland (North Island). It was isolated from a cherimoya sample (Annona cherimola) in one orchard, and from a soil sample collected from Trounson Kauri Park. The origin of these findings remains unknown at the moment. Further investigations are being made into the distribution of P. kernoviae in New Zealand.
The situation of Phytophthora kernoviae in New Zealand can be described as follows: Present, first reported in 2006; found in 2 samples in Northland (North Island), under official control.
New Zealand - Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Biosecurity New Zealand investigates new fungus in Northland (Press Release 2006-03-24). http://www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/press/240306fungus.htm
NAPPO Pest Alert System. Phytophthora kernoviae found for the first time in New Zealand. http://www.pestalert.org/viewNewsAlert.cfm?naid=16