Official Pest Report

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Detection of Gladiolus rust (Uromyces transversalis) in Mexico

Country: Mexico

Title: Detection of Gladiolus rust (Uromyces transversalis) in Mexico

Ing. Francisco Ramírez y Ramírez. Teléfono: (55) 55 54 64 67;

Report: Gladiolus rust (Uromyces transversalis) was detected on November 15, 2004 in Gladiolus production lots in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos. Since then, the Plant Health Directorate has sampled the main Gladiolus production areas in the states of Michoacan, Morelos, Puebla, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Veracruz and State of Mexico.
Sampling results have confirmed the presence of gladiolus rust in some plots of these states, except for the state of Sinaloa, which remains free from the disease.

Control measures implemented to reduce the risk of spread through shipments of cut flowers are:

  • Sampling and monitoring during crop development in the main Gladiolus production areas to determine the presence or absence of the disease.

  • Pesticide applications during the different phenological stages of the crop.

  • Technical advice and training to Gladiolus growers for the integrated management of the disease.

  • Phytosanitary certification of shipments of cut flowers for export through inspection and verification of disease freedom.

  • Distribution of a fact sheet for the integrated management of gladiolus rust to regional offices of the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), State Plant Health Committees, Mexican Flower Council and to the Gladiolus grower associations.

Posted Date: Jan. 28, 2005, 9 a.m.