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November 5, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public that changes have been made to the area in the state of Idaho that is quarantined to prevent the spread of pale cyst nematode.  The description of the quarantined area was updated on May 22, when 1,834 acres were removed from the quarantined area, and on June 3, when an additional 283 acres were removed from the quarantined area.
The pale cyst nematode (PCN, Globodera pallida) is a major pest of potato crops in cool-temperature areas.  Other solanaceous hosts include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, tomatillos and some weeds.  Unmanaged infestations can cause potato yield loss ranging from 20 to 70 percent.  If allowed to spread in the United States, the result could be a loss of domestic or foreign markets for U.S. potatoes and other commodities.

The change in quarantine notice is published in today’s Nov. 5 Federal Register.


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