Pest & Disease Alert - Spring sees rash of Phythophtora ramorum outbreaks across UK

Phytophthora ramorum has struck at six sites across the UK according to the latest report from the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA).

Phytophthora ramorum on rhododendron - image: Forestry Commission
Phytophthora ramorum on rhododendron - image: Forestry Commission

Cornwall continues to prove a hot spot for the pathogen where two outbreaks were identified on 17 and 22 March.

P. Ramorum struck at a site in Lancashire on 21 March, also affecting rhododendron.

On 22 March FERA identified P. Ramorum on vaccinium in Birmingham, and on pieris in Devon on 23 March.

The final outbreak flagged in the report was in Wales affecting Vaccinium on 18 March.

The rash of outbreaks follow hopes expressed at a Phytophthora Industry Liaison Group meeting that the spread of the pathogen would lessen this year.


For more information on Phytophthora ramorum see our Pest & Disease Factsheet.

To see FERA's latest Interception Chart - see PDF attached below.




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