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Brown rot detected at two growers of seed potatoes

Brown rot detected at two growers of seed potatoes

Two farms in Gelderland and Flevoland are affected by the plant disease brown rot which parties seed potatoes are infected. The Dutch Food and consumer product safety Authority (NVWA) has taken measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

Brown rot is a contagious potato disease, caused by a bacteria that isn’t harmful. The disease occurs only seldom. In 2009, brown rot for the last seed potatoes encountered, and in 2011 for the last time in ware.

The two hit growers have used seed potatoes by one company is supplied. The bacterium is found in surface water. The NVWA suspected that the potatoes for this company have been infected in 2015 when during a heavy storm surface water on the lands of this company came to be.

The NVWA research, in addition to the two affected growers, five other pootgoedtelers. For two companies, the parties are suspicious of potatoes found in the other three is not a brown rot determined. The research is not yet completed.

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