Outbreak of Pepino mosaic virus in Finland
In Finland, the presence of Pepino mosaic virus (Potexvirus, PepMV – EPPO Alert List) was detected in 1 tomato production site in May 2011. Tracing-back studies showed that the planting material had been produced in another site in Finland (where tomato plants are grown from seeds). However, this site producing tomato planting material had been regularly inspected (every two weeks) and no symptoms were found, in addition 35 samples had been taken from asymptomatic plants and PepMV was not detected. It is concluded that the origin of PepMV was most likely linked to imports of tomato fruit from other countries.
The pest status of Pepino mosaic virus in Finland is officially declared as: Present, at low prevalence.
NPPO of Finland (2011-05).