New Golden Nematode (GN), Globodera rostochiensis, Detection in New York
There has been a new detection of Golden Nematode (GN), Globodera rostochiensis, that was confirmed by Dr. Zafar Handoo, USDA-ARS Nematologist in Beltsville, Maryland. The detection was on a 114.7 acre potato field located in Cayuga County, New York, near the town of Port Byron, one half mile outside the existing GN quarantine area. The detection was made on a field operated by a grower who has multiple potato production fields located both within and outside the GN quarantine area. The land farmed within the GN quarantine is managed in accordance with the regulations. Since the new GN detection is in a field located outside the existing quarantined area, APHIS is taking necessary steps to add this field to the regulated area. GN was first discovered in the United States in 1941 when it was found to be responsible for serious crop damage in a potato field on Long Island, New York. Because of an effective State-Federal quarantine which has been in existence for over 50 years, GN remains confined to portions of nine counties within the State of New York.