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A new bacterial disease, "Dickeya solani", has emerged as a major threat to potato production in Europe. In recent years it has caused significant losses in The Netherlands and is also found in England and Wales. There have been a small number of findings in Scotland, linked to non-Scottish seed brought into Scotland for ware production, and action has been taken to prevent any spread of infection from these. The Scottish Government has put new controls in place to protect our potato industry from this threat, and we would urge all growers to be vigilant and take care in sourcing their seed potatoes.
Our summary reports on this work can be viewed at;
Report 2011 - no positive findings from this phase of our surveillance
Report 2010 - Good news for the Scottish Potato Industry
Report 2010/11 - no positive finding on tubers
Further information is provided in the following leaflets:
A new threat to potato - "Dickeya. solani"" - background information on the disease.
Important measures to be taken to prevent the spread of Dickeya spp. in Scotland
Dickeya - Q&A
Page updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011