New finding of Tomato yellow leaf curl begomovirus in France
In France, Tomato yellow leaf curl begomovirus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) was found in 1999 in two tomato fields in the south-east (departments of Gard and Bouches-du-Rhône). Eradication measures were applied and eradication was confirmed in 2000 (see EPPO RS 2000/094 and 2000/168). In July 2002, Tomato yellow leaf curl begomovirus was detected in tomatoes grown under plastic tunnels in the municipality of Eygalières (Bouches-du-Rhône). Tomato plants in the infested tunnels were destroyed. An area of compulsory control was defined around the infested place. Surveys conducted in other plastic tunnels of the production site concerned, and in nearby farms, were all negative. It is suspected that the infection might have originated from infected tomato plants imported from Spain. Monitoring will continue. A decree on compulsory control of Tomato yellow leaf curl begomovirus, Cucurbit yellow stunting disorder crinivirus (EPPO Alert List), Tomato chlorosis crinivirus (EPPO Alert List), Tomato infectious chlorosis crinivirus (EPPO Alert List) and Cucumber vein yellowing ipomovirus (EPPO Alert List) is in force in France since July 2002.
Anon. (2002) Où l'on reparle du TYLCV sur tomate. Phytoma no. 533, p. 5.