Pests & Disease outbreaks roundup

Officials destroy infected stock

The Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) intercepted more than 6,000 chrysanthemums from Colombia at the end of September that were infected with leaf miner. The consignment, found at Heathrow Airport, was destroyed.

Leaf miner found in wallflowers

Also found infected with leaf miner at Heathrow Airport in October was a batch of more than 2,000 wallflowers from Kenya. They were destroyed by FERA officers.

Poinsettia plants intercepted

Outbreaks of tobacco whitefly were recorded on poinsettia plants by agency officials at four locations during October. An infected consignment of more than 50,000 plants found in Kent originated in Ethiopia. A 5,000-plant batch in Wisbech was from Tanzania and an 11,000-plant consignment in Cheshire was from Germany. A batch in Cheltenham originated in the UK.

Devon outbreak treated

Phytophthora ramorum was found during October on 25 magnolia plants grown in the UK. The outbreak in Devon has been treated, FERA advised.

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