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APHIS updates the Golden Nematode (Globodera rostochiensis) Regulated Area in Suffolk and Nassau Counties in New York

August 23, 2021 


To: State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is removing 45,562.067 acres from the golden nematode (GN) regulated area in Suffolk County, New York and refining the global positioning system (GPS) points for the descriptions of the regulated area in the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York.

APHIS is removing these areas based on survey results and other criteria in the "Canada and United States Guidelines on Surveillance and Phytosanitary Actions for the Potato Cyst Nematodes, Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida”. The attached Federal Order describes the regulated area and includes the associated reference to 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 301.85-2(a) that lists the provisions for the movement of GN-regulated articles.

Since 2010, APHIS, working closely with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYS AGM), has removed 1,186,693.79 acres from the GN-regulated area in New York. APHIS and NYS AGM have an active control and mitigation program in place to prevent GN from spreading from the remaining 101,955.27 acres, including 5,945 GN-infested acres in eight New York counties.

APHIS is also amending the description for five separate regulated areas located in the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York. We are not making changes in Nassau County due to new detections of GN, but because we refined the GPS points for these regulated areas.

APHIS will follow-up with a notice of this change to the regulated area in the Federal Register.
The specific GN-regulated areas are on the following website:

For additional information about the GN program, please call National Policy Manager, Lynn Evans-Goldner, at 301-851-2286. 


Dr. Osama El-Lissy
Deputy Administrator
Plant Protection and Quarantine 

Attachment: Federal Order

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