Express PRA for Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. conglutinans - Research and Breeding –
The fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. conglutinans (Foc) is native to the USA and was found locally in Germany only once in 1973. In the EU, there were reports from France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Italy, Sardinia and Hungary.
So far, Foc is listed neither in the Annexes of the Regulation (EU) 2019/2072 nor by EPPO. Foc infects Brassicaceae. Enormous damage is known in particular from China because of the infection with Foc race 2 on brassica vegetable. In recent times, there has been considerable damage on rape through race 1 in Russia and Canada. Due to appropriate climatic conditions, it is assumed that Foc can establish outdoors in Germany. The establishment in South European Member States is possible, too.
Due to its high damage potential for Brassicaceae, like rape and cabbage, as well as the lack of chemical control Foc, in particular non-European isolates, pose a considerable phytosanitary risk to Germany and other EU-Member States.
Based on this risk analysis, it is assumed that the pest can establish in Germany or another Member State and cause considerable damage. Thus, measures on the prevention of the release of this potential quarantine pest should be taken according to Article 29 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/2031.
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