According to the Xiamen Evening Newspaper, the Xiamen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau recently intercepted a one-time sending from the UK, containing seeds of 27 varieties, among which were large-leaf lupine, sweet corn and cosmos. In the laboratory, the sweet corn seeds tested positively for a harmful organism: Burkholderia CepaciaFull Article: China World Fruit & Vegetable Trade Fair Oct 2016

Key Point

  • Burkholderia cepacia can devastate crops/plants from the genus Allium, including onions, garlic, leeks, and chives. The bacteria is present in Australia, USA, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, and Brazil.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2005, Burkholderia cepacia was detected in onion crops in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

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