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Potato Ring Rot – some facts and answers to key questions

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Potato ring rot is a serious disease of potatoes, listed in EC legislation as a quarantine organism. Defra Plant Health Division, the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate and the Central Science Laboratory have been working together to maintain exclusion of ring rot from the UK to protect potato growers. One aspect of this work has been the development of a contingency plan, to ensure a rapid and effective response to an outbreak, should this prove necessary. The recent outbreak on a farm in Wales was the first time, except for interceptions on imported material, that ring rot has been detected in the UK and the first time that the contingency plan was initiated. This outbreak has been well documented in the press, although some of the articles have been factually wrong or have over-egged a pudding of doom and gloom. This series of questions and answers will hopefully redress the balance.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-02-01

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