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Peak District National Park Authority: Rare disease causing death of bilberry on the Roaches (2013)

Peak District National Park Authority: Rare disease causing death of bilberry on the Roaches (2013) | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it

A fungal [sic] plant disease was identified on the Roaches, a beauty spot in the Staffordshire area of the national park, in 2011 that killed bilberry in some areas. The disease – called Phytophthora pseudosyringae – is harmless to humans and animals but can be spread to other plants on human clothing and the coats of animals. The Roaches remains open to the public but people are asked to avoid contact with bilberry by staying on the footpaths when walking and accessing climbing crags and boulders, and to keep dogs on a short lead. This will help reduce the risk of the disease spreading further. Monitoring in 2011 and 2012 indicated some spread of the disease on the estate but the majority of bilberry plants have remained healthy. Bilberry is one of the main moorland shrubs on the estate and there were concerns the infection could spread to other moorland sites.

 


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Phytophthora pseudosyringae is causing a severe disease on billerries in some parts of the Peak District National Park (Staffordshire, UK).

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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it

'Pest Alerts' is maintained by the Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) and its aim is to share information collected on the Internet on new plant pests.

 

EPPO is an intergovernmental organization created in 1951 which currently has 50 member countries. EPPO is responsible for harmonization and cooperation among the National Plant Protection Organizations (official authorities) of its member countries. EPPO helps its members in their efforts to protect plant health in agriculture, forestry and the uncultivated environment (standard-setting activities and exchange of information).

 

On its official website, EPPO also provides:

- the EPPO Alert List (early warning on emerging pests which could present a risk for the Euro-Mediterranean region):
www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/Alert_List/alert_list.htm

- a free database (PQR) on the host plants and geographical distribution of regulated pests:
www.eppo.int/DATABASES/pqr/pqr.htm

- the EPPO Reporting Service (a free monthly newsletter on pests and diseases):
www.eppo.int/PUBLICATIONS/reporting/reporting_service.htm

 

Visit the official EPPO website: www.eppo.int

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Asian hornet detected in Switzerland

Asian hornet detected in Switzerland | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it

Une reine fondatrice de frelon asiatique, Vespa velutina, a été capturée en début de semaine autour d’un rucher à Fregiécourt, dans le Jura Suisse (nord-ouest). Il s’agit de la première observation validée de cette espèce en Suisse. 

Des ouvrières avaient été détectées fin octobre 2016 dans un rucher de Bondeval, Doubs, à moins de 30km de Fregiécourt. Ces ouvrières confirment la présence d’un nid, mais d’autres étaient probablement présents dans le département en 2016. Une reine fondatrice pouvant parcourir environ 60km avant de fonder son nid, il est très probable que la fondatrice observée en Suisse vienne de France.


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A specimen of Vespa velutina has been caught near a bee hive at Fregiécourt (Nothwestern Switzeland)
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Addition of Gymnandrosoma aurantianum to the EPPO Alert List

Addition of Gymnandrosoma aurantianum to the EPPO Alert List | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
Gymnandrosoma (=Ecdytolopha) aurantianum (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae – citrus fruit borer, macadamia nut borer) is a pest of citrus and other fruit crops in tropical regions of the Americas which has been intercepted in trade in Europe.
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Following a suggestion from the Spanish NPPO, the citrus fruit borer (Gymnandrosoma aurantianum) has been added to the EPPO Alert List
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Tecia solannivora also found in Asturias

Tecia solannivora also found in Asturias | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
La polilla guatemalteca, que llegó en 2015 a Galicia desde Canarias y sólo actúa a nivel del mar, ha sido detectado en 31 municipios gallegos y 11 asturianos, que critican la inacción del Gobierno central
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In mainland Spain, after Galicia, Tecia solanivora has recently been found in Asturias.
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EPPO has developed a diagnostic protocol for this pest

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Fall army worm outbreak, a blow to prospects of recovery for southern Africa

Fall army worm outbreak, a blow to prospects of recovery for southern Africa | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
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Spodoptera frugiperda is spreading in Africa, causing severe losses in maize crops.
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Invasive flatworm Obama nungara identified in the UK during surveys on the New Zealand flatworm (A. triangulatus)

Invasive flatworm Obama nungara identified in the UK during surveys on the New Zealand flatworm (A. triangulatus) | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
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During surveys on the New Zealand flatworm (Arthurdendyus triangulatus), another alien species: Obama nungara was found in the UK (3 records).
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Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire - Press releases - GOV.UK

Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire - Press releases - GOV.UK | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
There has been a confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire
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Halyomorpha halys causing severe losses to kiwi production in Northern Italy

Halyomorpha halys causing severe losses to kiwi production in Northern Italy | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
cimici cinesi stanno creando un grosso danno all’agricoltura nel Nord, dove da settimane è in corso una vera e propria invasione. Confagricoltura ha stimato  che ammonteranno a 400 mila euro almeno i danni causati alle coltivazioni di kiwi dell’Alto Padovano. Le perdite quest’anno ammonteranno a circa il 40 per cento del raccolto. Le “prede” delle cimici sono stati proprio i frutti migliori.
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La punaise diabolique a envahi la France

La punaise diabolique a envahi la France | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
On l’appelle « punaise diabolique ». Originaire d’Asie, elle est aujourd’hui bien installée à Paris et en Europe. Petite chronique d’une invasion silencieuse,
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Direcção-Geral de Veterinária - Conteúdo

Direcção-Geral de Veterinária - Conteúdo | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
DGAV (NPPO of Portugal) has recently published an updated map of the demarcated zones for Trioza erythreae.
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The olive quick decline syndrome in south-east Italy: a threatening phytosanitary emergency - Springer

The olive quick decline syndrome in south-east Italy: a threatening phytosanitary emergency - Springer | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
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An informative paper about the situation of Xylella fastidiosa in Italy.

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Meloidogyne enterolobii found on sweet potato in North Carolina (US)

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning sweet potato growers about an emerging root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne enterolobii, which has been identified in fields in Columbus, Johnston, Wayne and Wilson counties.
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Meloidogyne enterolobii has been found on sweet potato fields in North Carolina (US)
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FAO - A new action plan to stop the spread of Red Palm Weevil

FAO - A new action plan to stop the spread of Red Palm Weevil | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
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A new action plan against Rhynchophorus ferrugineus has been set up by FAO
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Addition of Xylosandrus compactus to the EPPO Alert List

Addition of Xylosandrus compactus to the EPPO Alert List | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
A new Asian ambrosia beetle found in Europe
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Xylosandrus compactus is an ambrosia beetle of Asian origin which has recently been found in Italy and Southern France. In Italy, damage has been observed in maquis plants (Lazio).
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Sakura trees endangered by Aromia bungii in Japan

Sakura trees endangered by Aromia bungii in Japan | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
The sakura cherry tree-devouring invasive species of the insect Aromia bungii, commonly known as the red-necked longhorn beetle, has been expanding its habitats in Japan. Habitats have already been confirmed in Tokyo and six prefectures.
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Aromia bungii is spreading in Japan, threatening Sakura trees.
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Fall armyworm 'threatens African farmers' livelihoods' - BBC News

Fall armyworm 'threatens African farmers' livelihoods' - BBC News | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
Scientists say a pest that destroys maize is spreading rapidly across Africa and could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years.
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Spodoptera frugiperda continues to spread in Africa.
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Curvularia malina sp. nov. incites a new disease of warm-season turfgrasses in the southeastern United States

Curvularia malina sp. nov. incites a new disease of warm-season turfgrasses in the southeastern United States | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
A novel species of Curvularia was identified as a foliar pathogen of Cynodon dactylon (Bermuda grass) and Zoysia matrella (zoysia grass), two important warm-season turf grasses in the southeastern United States. Field symptoms were conspicuous chocolate brown to black spots in turf of both species on golf course putting greens and fairways. Leaves of plants within these spots exhibited prominent, black eyespot lesions from which a darkly pigmented fungus was consistently isolated. The fungus produced gray- to black-olivaceous mycelium within 10 d on potato dextrose agar at 25 C but never produced conidia despite numerous attempts to induce them. Field symptoms were reproduced in inoculated plants of both grasses, and re-isolation of the pathogen from symptomatic tissues confirmed its pathogenicity in fulfillment of Koch's postulates. A phylogenetic analysis was performed using sequence markers of internal nuclear ribosomal transcribed spacer region (ITS), glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GPD1) and translation elongation factor 1-α (TEF1). The concatenated phylogenetic tree showed strong support for a new species within Curvularia that is distinctly divergent from other Curvularia spp. Therefore, the darkly pigmented pathogen of warm-season turfgrasses is described and illustrated as a new species, Curvularia malina.


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Pelargonium x fragrans, a new species found positive to Xylella fastidiosa in Apulia - PONTEPROJECT

Pelargonium x fragrans, a new species found positive to Xylella fastidiosa in Apulia - PONTEPROJECT | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
Pelargonium x fragrans is the 26th species found infected by Xylella fastidiosa in Apulia
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ONF - Chalarose du frêne : 5 forêts domaniales fermées au public en Nord et Pas-de-Calais

ONF - Chalarose du frêne : 5 forêts domaniales fermées au public en Nord et Pas-de-Calais | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
Touchés par une maladie parasitaire contre laquelle aucun traitement efficace n’existe, de nombreux frênes dépérissent en France. Les risques de chutes d’arbres ou de branches engendrés par cette situation conduisent aujourd’hui l’ONF à interdire l’accès à certaines forêts domaniales en Nord et Pas-de-Calais, où la densité de frênes est très importante. Cinq forêts seront ainsi fermées au public à compter du 15 septembre. Une fermeture de quelques mois qui permettra à l’ONF de sécuriser les itinéraires de randonnée.
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Five forests in Northern France will be temporarily closed to the public because of the impacts of Chalara fraxinea (high risk of dead trees/branches fall)
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USDA to Release Russian Wasps Against the Emerald Ash Borer

USDA to Release Russian Wasps Against the Emerald Ash Borer | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
With the emerald ash borer beetle devastating ash tree populations throughout the United States, solutions to help fight the insect are critical. Thanks in part to research from the University of D…
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A new alien flatworm (Diversibipalium multilineatum) detected in Europe

A new alien flatworm (Diversibipalium multilineatum) detected in Europe | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
E' stato avvistato pochi giorni fa in un cortile privato vicino ai giardini Margherita: è pericolosissimo per i terreni
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A new alien flatworm, Diversibipalium multineatum, has been detected in a private garden in Bologna, Italy. This species is native from Japan.

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Tecia solanivora detected in Galicia (ES)

Tecia solanivora detected in Galicia (ES) | Pest Alerts | Scoop.it
La Xunta de Galicia declara su presencia en los ayuntamientos coruñeses de Ferrol, Narón y Neda y establece una serie de medidas fitosanitarias para combatirla.
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The local authorities of Galicia (Spain) have declared the detection of Tecia solanivora in the municipalities of Ferrol, Narón and Neda. Phytosanitary measures are being implemented.

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