Initial detection of Uromyces transversalis was made in domestic Gladiolus stock on April 7th with confirmation of the disease on April 12, 2006 by the USDA National Mycologist of the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, MD.
APHIS and Florida Department of Agriculture Inspectors are currently conducting preliminary delimitation surveys. The preliminary investigation indicates disease incursion appears to be limited to a 1400 acre commercial growing site in Palmetto, Florida. Currently 700 acres are under active floral production this season, with 160 acres that have not been harvested.
An Emergency Action Notification was issued to the affected farm on April 17, 2006. All interstate movement of infected material has been prohibited unless the product has been inspected and found free of visible symptoms associated with Uromyces transversalis.
The USDA Center for Plant Health, Science and Technology has organized a technical committee to convene in Florida on April 24. The main objective for this meeting shall be to organize appropriate eradication objectives of Uromyces transversalis for the affected area in Florida. APHIS shall conduct a national survey through the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) program in areas associated with commercial Gladiolus production.