Summary of the Express Pest Risk Analysis for Candidatus Phytoplasma solani
Candidatus Phytoplasma solani may cause serious losses in crops include economic important cultivated species, such as maize, vine, potato, tomato. Climate and weather conditions in PRA area are not suitable for CA. P. Solani. Infections are incidental but pathogen might find suitable conditions in glasshouses. Pathogen is potentially very dangerous, because of broad host range (all of host plants are still unknow). Phytoplasm has also a large group of vector species. More studies are carried out in order to identify the new vectors. This affects the assessment of level uncertainty.
In addition Ca. P. solani can survive and end life cycle without cultivated host plants, because wild plants are main hosts of Ca. P solani.
There is no possibility of complete eradication of ‘Candidatus Phytoplasma solani’ from natural environment.
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