Occurrence of Plum pox virus in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
The NPPO of Germany recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the detection of Plum pox virus (Potyvirus, PPV – EPPO A2 List) on Prunus domestica (plum) in Schleswig-Holstein. In August and September 2008, PPV was detected in 4 registered companies (3 of them were producing planting material subject to plant passport), and in 1 private garden. The leaves of affected P. domestica showed diffuse chlorotic spots. Further analysis by PCR confirmed that the symptoms were caused by PPV-D and PPV-M strains. All infected plants have been destroyed. The origin of these infections is not known.
The pest status of Plum pox potyvirus in Germany is officially declared as: Present in some areas, under eradication.
NPPO of Germany, 2009-02.