EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2012 Num. article: 2012/077

First report of Pepino mosaic virus in Mexico

In spring 2010, symptoms resembling those of Pepino mosaic virus (Potexvirus, PepMV – EPPO Alert List) were observed in a tomato greenhouse in Jocotitlán (State of Mexico), Mexico. Approximately 50% of the tomato plants showed symptoms of leaf mosaic, necrotic stems, fruit discoloration and deformation. Laboratory analysis (ELISA, RT-PCR, sequencing, inoculation to indicator plants) confirmed the presence of PepMV in diseased tomato plants, and sequence analysis showed that the Mexican isolate was most closely related to PepMV-CH2 type isolate. This is the first report of PepMV from Mexico.
The situation of Pepino mosaic virus in Mexico can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2010 in one tomato production site (greenhouse) in Jocotitlán (State of Mexico).


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