At the beginning of November 2007 Scirrhia pini Funk and Parker (also known as Mycosphaerella pini) was detected in public green at two locations and positively identified for the first time in the Netherlands.
S. pini is already present in other Member States and regulated as a harmful organism for the European Community for plants of Pinus L., intended for planting, other than seeds.
No measures have been applied.
Further development or spread of the disease will continue to be monitored as part of the specific surveillance monitoring programme of the Plant Protection Service of the Netherlands.
This programme is also used to monitor the pest status of related fungi such as Scirrhia acicola, which is absent in the Netherlands, based on long-term annual surveys.