USDA APHIS updates hosts list for P. ramorum

USDA APHIS updates hosts list for P. ramorum

At the next compliance inspection, regulatory officials must inspect, potentially sample and test proven hosts and associated plants, and all plants on the proven host and associated plant list must be determined free from P. ramorum before they are shipped.

APHIS is adding proven hosts and associated plants to the list of plant species regulated for P. ramorum. The pathogen, P. ramorum, is the cause of both Sudden Oak Death, a forest disease that has resulted in widespread dieback of several tree species in California and Oregon forests, and Ramorum Blight, which affects the leaves and twigs of numerous other plants in forests and nurseries. This action is necessary to control the artificial spread of P. ramorum.

Click here to view the updated “APHIS Lists of Proven Hosts of and Plants Associated with Phytophthora ramorum” dated September 2022.

Regulated establishments and nurseries in quarantine areas, as defined in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 301.92-3 that operate under a compliance agreement may continue to ship proven hosts and associated plants on the updated regulated list, as stated in their current compliance agreement, until the next compliance inspection. Nurseries under compliance must provide the September 2022 list of proven hosts and associated plants of P. ramorum at their nursery to regulatory officials prior to the next compliance inspection. At the next compliance inspection, regulatory officials must inspect, potentially sample and test proven hosts and associated plants. All plants on the proven host and associated plant list must be determined free from P. ramorum before they are shipped.

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