Occurrence of Potato spindle tuber pospiviroid (PSTVd) in tomato plants in Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first occurrence of Potato spindle tuber pospiviroid (PSTVd – EPPO A2 list) in Germany (Nordrhein-Westfalen). A focus of around 15 tomato plants for fruit production within a stand of approximately 1,25 ha showed symptoms as follows: growth depression, discoloration of the leaves starting from the edge. The disease was identified as PSTVd by use of the PCR method. Measures were taken to eradicate the disease. It may be assumed that the infestation was introduced by imports of tomato planting material.
The declared status of PSTVd in Germany is: Single occurrence, eradicated.
NPPO of Germany, 2004-01.