Fire blight is a highly infectious and difficult to control disease found in various fruit and ornamental trees of the botanical Rosaceae family. The pathogen is the Erwinia amylovora bacterium. This disease poses a threat to both commercial and landscape-shaping fruit cultivation, tree nurseries, home gardens and public parks.
Plants affected might die within a short period.
Fire blight is considered to have originated in the USA, where reports of this disease were already recorded 200 years ago. In Europe, the first reported cases of fire blight were made in southern England in 1957 and evidence of the disease has been detected in all European countries since that date.
Fire Blight is a quarantine disease; any outbreak must be reported to the authorities.
• Current fire blight situation