Official Pest Reports

Official Pest Reports are provided by National Plant Protection Organizations within the NAPPO region. These Pest Reports are intended to comply with the International Plant Protection Convention's Standard on Pest Reporting, endorsed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures in March 2002.

USA Flag Globodera rostochiensis (Golden Nematode) - Removal of Regulated Areas in New York
Date posted: 09/23/2014
Contact: Jonathan Jones, National Policy Manager, at 301-851-2128.
Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing certain areas of Orleans, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties in New York from the golden nematode (GN) regulated area. This action provides significant benefits to producers and the cooperative golden nematode program.

Based on survey results and other criteria outlined in the “Canada and United States Guidelines on Surveillance and Phytosanitary Actions for the Potato Cyst Nematodes, Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida,” APHIS determined that 600,524 acres in Orleans, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties meet all of the requirements for removal from golden nematode regulation. APHIS has regulated some of these areas since the 1940s.

Accordingly, restrictions are no longer required on the interstate movement of golden nematode regulated articles from these areas. We will, however, continue to regulate the remaining 222,319 acres regulated for the golden nematode in the 3 counties.

The specific changes to the regulated areas are described in a Federal Order and are documented at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/gn  

Since 2010, APHIS has removed 364,137 acres from the golden nematode regulated area in New York. With this action, APHIS has removed a total of 964,661 acres from regulation. Of the remaining 312,708 acres that we regulate in 8 counties, we consider 5,985 acres to be infested and have an active control and mitigation program in place to prevent the spread of GN.

APHIS will publish an interim rule that will codify these changes.

Under IPPC Standards, Globodera rostochiensis is considered to be a pest that is present: only in some areas, at low prevalence, and is under eradication in the United States.