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Seed potatoes with dangerous pathogen shipped into Kazakhstan

The Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan has confiscated 228 tons of seed potatoes from Germany, the Netherlands and France, as well as 46,4 kilograms of carrot seeds from France contaminated with a dangerous bacterium.

The bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Zebra Chip pathogen) poses a threat to the production of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, celery. In the US and New Zealand, losses from this bacterium cause serious damage to the economy, and in Europe, this pathogen can cause a 100% loss of carrot harvest.

The presence of the Candidatus Liberibacter Solanacearum bacteria in potato batches was confirmed by the conclusion of the laboratory examination of the Almaty Zonal Quarantine Laboratory.


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