New import conditions for Phytophthora ramorum (Sudden Oak Death) host species

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New import conditions have been introduced for a number of host species of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) previously restricted entry into Australia. This change has been facilitated by the availability of improved testing for SOD.

Species included in the changed import conditions are;

  • Acer
  • Betula
  • Cercis
  • Cornus
  • Distylium
  • Fraxinus
  • Liriodendron
  • Loropetalum
  • Physocarpus
  • Syringa
  • Ulmus

Conditions of  importation are:
• Nursery stock materials are limited to un-rooted cuttings or budwood. Rooted plants and rooted cuttings are prohibited due to a higher risk of SOD infection.
• Plant materials must be grown in a DAFF post entry quarantine facility or a State government operated post entry quarantine facility operating under a compliance agreement with DAFF, for a minimum of 2 years.
• During growth in quarantine all plants must be tested and found negative for members of the Phytophthora complex and Phytophthora ramorum using PCR
The conditions also require the importer to arrange for the supply of Australian high health (e.g. virus tested) root stock for growth in post entry quarantine.

More information can be found at the DAFF ICON website here