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Apiosporina morbosa meets criteria as Union quarantine pest

24 April 2018

The EFSA Panel on Plant Health has conducted a pest categorisation of the fungus Apiosporina morbosa, the casual agent of black knot, for the EU.

The pest is listed in Annex IIAI of Directive 2000/29/EC and is not known to occur in the EU, but is present in Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the continental states of the USA.

The major hosts are Prunus domestica (plum) and Prunus cerasus (sour cherry); the host status of other Prunus species and hybrids is uncertain because of contradictory reports or lack of information.

  • The pest could potentially enter the EU on host plants for planting and plant parts originating in infested third countries.
  • It is expected that the pest introduction and spread in the EU would impact host production.

The report concludes that the pest meets all the criteria assessed by EFSA for consideration as potential Union quarantine pest.

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