First report of Candidatus Phytoplasma fragariae in the UK

Publication Date
Sat, 01 Nov 2014, 00:00
Last Updated
Jan. 6, 2015, 3:15 p.m.
Report Number
United Kingdom
Pest Id
Phytoplasma fragariae - (PHYPFG)
Report Status
Corylus spp. Wild plants.
Pest Status
  • Transient: actionable, under eradication
Geographical Distribution
One location in the Southern area of the UK.

The pest was identified following notification by the local wildlife trust of plants which were exhibiting unusual symptoms. Candidatus Phytoplasma fragariae was confirmed by sequencing. Trees are estimated to be between 10-15 years old and their origin is unknown.

Symptoms included yellowing of leaves with necrosis at the edges, thinned out of the foliage and general decline. All plants showing symptoms were destroyed, further testing has been undertaken to establish the extent of the outbreak and further monitoring will be carried out when surrounding trees are in leaf (spring 2015).
Contact for info
Richard McIntosh [email protected] or Peter Reed [email protected]
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