Pest & Disease Alert - Phytophthora ramorum outbreaks hit Scotland and Northumberland

The Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) has intercepted two outbreaks of Phytophthora ramorum in Scotland.

Phytopthora ramorum on rhododendron - image: Forestry Commission
Phytopthora ramorum on rhododendron - image: Forestry Commission
Four plants were isolated and tested on one site on 28 September. Two of which were found to be hosting the pathogen and were destroyed. One of these was identified as Rhododendron 'Alex Olsen'; the other was described as 'unlabelled'.

A further batch of rhododendron discovered in a later outbreak, also in Scotland, on 5 October were all destroyed.

Meanwhile on 7 September rhododendron originating from the UK and Germany found on a site in Northumberland affected by Phythopthora ramorum were also destroyed.

For more information see FERA's Phytophthora ramorum factsheet.



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