Pests & Diseases round up

Phytophthora outbreaks - The Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) intercepted two separate outbreaks of Phytophthora kernoviae on consignments of Rhododendron ponticum at the end of August. In both cases, the plants were destroyed.

Fireblight intercepted - An outbreak of fireblight, or Erwinia amylovora, was intercepted by FERA officials in Cambridgeshire last month. The host was a consignment of sorbus.

Bemisia Tabaci discovered - Bemisia tabaci, or tobacco whitefly, was discovered on a consignment of poinsettia in August. The consignment, which was located in Cornwall, has been treated.

Grapevine Phylloxera - FERA has confirmed that grapevine phylloxera, or Viteus vitifoliae, was found on a consignment of Vitis from France last month. The consignment was located in Wiltshire.

Tuta Absoluta - FERA reports that Tuta absoluta, or tomato leaf miner, was found on tomato plants on the Isle of Wight in August.


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