Pest & Disease Alert- Phytophthora ramorum starts year in Wales and Staffordshire

Phytophthora ramorum has been identified in two outbreaks during January so far according to inspectors from the Food Environmment Research Agency (Fera).

In Wales, sudden oak death was found on sequoia sempervirens, while in Staffordshire it was detected on rhododendron.

Concern has mounted over the spread of Phytophthora Ramorum after increased incidences of the disease in Wales and Scotland towards the end of 2010.

In addition Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said it would consider installing foot and mouth-style wash dips to keep out infection if Phytophthora ramorum hit the London gardens.

For further Horticulture Week stories on Phytophthora ramorum, click here.

For a copy of Fera's latest interception chart click on the attachment below.

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