Impatiens mildew outbreak

Downy mildew hits growing crops for first time in the North East

A Northumberland garden centre and nursery has been hit with an outbreak of Impatiens mildew, which has affected thousands of pounds worth of stock and seen many customer returns of plants and basket displays. The owner has also seen the mildew present at other local nurseries whose owners have been blaming recent weather conditions for the outbreak. He feels that the outbreak has come through seed supplies from the US and believes the issue needs to be addressed before it gets out of control. This is the first year on record that a downy mildew has been found on growing crops of the plant in the UK. The Plant Health & Seeds Inspectorate has called for statutory action against the disease as currently no downy mildews on Impatiens are listed under EC regulations.

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