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20200508 – Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2:

The CFIA confirms bacterial wilt in geranium
May 14, 2020

Further to our email notification dated April 24, 2020, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of Ralstonia solanacearum?race 3 biovar 2 (Rs R3bv2) in a Canadian Greenhouse in a variety of geranium called Fantasia 'Pink Flare'.

CFIA visited 56 Canadian greenhouses that directly received the implicated variety and additional trace forward activities continue. All implicated plants have been placed under regulatory control and have either been or will be destroyed. After the plant materials are destroyed, greenhouses will be cleaned according to CFIA sanitation protocols. Rs R3bv2 can cause a wilt disease in several important agricultural crops, including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. It is a regulated pest in both Canada and the United States.

The detection is the result of trace forward activities from a reported detection in the United States. The cuttings used to produce this variety of geranium came from Guatemala and were distributed by an American company.

This pest was last detected in Canada in 2003 in geranium and successfully eradicated.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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