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Eradication of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (citrus canker) from Australia

Publication Date
Fri, 30 Apr 2021, 03:18
Last Updated
April 30, 2021, 3:18 a.m.
Report Number
Pest Id
Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri - (XANTCI)
Report Status
Wide host range, primarily Citrus spp., Fortunella spp. and Poncirus spp. Examples include: Citrus aurantiifolia (lime; Mexican lime), Citrus aurantium (sour orange), Citrus hystrix (kaffir lime; Mauritius bitter orange), Citrus latifolia (Tahitian lime), Citrus limetta (sweet lemon tree), Citrus limon (lemon), Citrus maxima (pummelo), Citrus reshni (Cleopatra mandarin), Citrus reticulata (mandarin), Citrus sinensis (navel orange), Citrus sunki (sour mandarin), Citrus tankan (tankan mandarin) and Citrus x paradisi (grapefruit).
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Absent: pest eradicated
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Absent: pest eradicated
Geographical Distribution
Not Applicable – Pest Eradicated

In April 2018, Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (citrus canker) was detected in the Northern Territory and Western Australia on potted West Indian lime plants linked to retail nurseries.

In April 2021, after a successful eradication program citrus canker has been declared to be absent from all Australian states and territories.

Citrus canker is a contagious disease caused by the bacteria Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri, which can affect all citrus species and cultivars. The disease presents as lesions or cankers at infection sites and severely impacts fruit quality and yield. Premature fruit drop can occur, along with defoliation, twig dieback and general tree decline. In severe cases, it can lead to tree death.
Contact for info
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 [email protected]
Report files
Issue keywords
Eradication/Successful eradication
Commodity keywords

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