New findings of Plum pox virus in Lithuania
The NPPO of Lithuania recently reported new findings of Plum pox virus (Potyvirus, PPV - EPPO A2 List) on its territory. As a result of an official annual survey, PPV was detected in 2 fruit tree nurseries and 1 orchard in the Kaunas region in June 2012. During this 2012 survey, a total of 30 orchards (approximately 27 ha) and 80 nurseries (approximately 14 ha) were inspected and 16 samples were tested. The presence of PPV was confirmed in 6 symptomatic samples by ELISA. Official control measures were taken to eradicate the disease. All infected and possibly infected trees were uprooted and burnt. Buffer zones of 250 m radius around each outbreak site were delimited. Official control measures will be applied in the outbreak and buffer zones for the next 3 vegetative periods.
The pest status of Plum pox virus in Lithuania is officially declared as: Present, at low prevalence.
NPPO of Lithuania (2012-11).