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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Plant health & protection

Plant health, like human and animal health, can be affected by a variety of pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasitic worms, fungi), as well as insect pests and invasive plant species, which can have a significant economic impact on crops and pose serious threats to species diversity. These diseases can threaten economic and food resources.

ANSES undertakes vigilance and alert missions and conducts collective expert appraisals to assess the risks to plant health (both cultivated plants and forest tree species) posed by pests.

Phytophthora ramorum: monitor its spread and eradicate contaminated sites

First detected in France in the Finistère region in May 2017, the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum poses a significant risk for many ornamental and forest-growing plants (rhododendrons, vibernum and larch trees). ANSES issues recommendations to monitor the spread of this fungus-like microorganism, prevent the risk of its introduction and eradicate outbreaks where it is already found.

Known in Europe since the early 2000s, Phytophthora ramorum is ...

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Published on 12/03/2019

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