First report of Tomato infectious chlorosis virus in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, during a recent survey of tomato crops conducted near Plovdiv, symptoms of interveinal leaf yellowing and necrosis were observed on tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum cv. ‘Velocity’) in one glasshouse. Most of the plants were severely affected and yield was drastically reduced. The crop was also heavily infested by Trialeurodes vaporariorum. Laboratory analysis (serological and molecular tests) confirmed the presence of Tomato infectious chlorosis virus (Crinivirus, TICV – EPPO A2 List). This is the first time that TICV is reported in Bulgaria. The origin of this infection remains unknown but it is suspected that the virus may have spread from Greece (as Greek and Bulgarian isolates studied were closely related) via the whitefly vector or trade of infected propagation material.
The situation of Tomato infectious chlorosis virus in Bulgaria can be described as follows: Present, detected in one glasshouse near Plovdiv.
Pasev G, Radeva V, Lostova D (2012) First report of Tomato infectious chlorosis virus on tomato in Bulgaria. Journal of Phytopathology 160(3), 115-166.