First report of Phytophtora ramorum in Slovenia

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Publication Date
Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 09:07
Last Updated
Oct. 10, 2018, 9:07 a.m.
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Report Status
Rhododendron sp.
Pest Status
  • Transient: actionable, under eradication
Geographical Distribution
Slovenia, Central Slovenia region

Phytophthora ramorum was found for the first time in Slovenia in 2003 and later once (2007) in a nursery and three times in public parks (2004, 2005, 2009) in close proximity of introduced infected plants. All above mentioned outbreaks were successfully eradicated which was confirmed by intensive sampling of plants, soil and water in infested areas.

During the survey of Phytophthora ramorum in 2016, the disease was found on plants of Rhododendron sp. in a public park. Symptoms of shoot dieback and leaf spot were observed. Infected plants and host plants in radius 2m around infected plants were destroyed. One year later P. ramorum was still present in the soil where infected plants had been grown. Tracing-back studies showed that infected plants were imported.

Pest has been regulated in Slovenia/European Union and EPPO (A2 list).

P. ramorum infects a great number of plant species, significantly woody ornamentals and forest species.
Contact for info
Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection; [email protected] or IPPC Contact Point
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