EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 06 - 2014 Num. article: 2014/112

Pepper leafroll virus: a new begomovirus from Peru

In Peru, a new Begomovirus has been identified from a yellow Peruvian chilli pepper (Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum) plant showing severe leaf curl symptoms and collected from a crop located in San Carlos Alto (Viru province, La Libertad department). The name Pepper leafroll virus (PepLRV) was proposed. Further studies conducted in 2009 and 2010 showed that PepLRV could be detected in different parts of Peru from several cultivated species, such as tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), pepper (C. baccatum var. pendulum), bean (Phaseolus vulgaris, P. lunatus) and the weed species Nicandra physaloides.


Martínez-Ayala A, Sánchez-Campos S, Cáceres F, Aragón-Caballero L, Navas-Castillo J, Moriones E (2014) Characterization and genetic diversity of Pepper leafroll virus, a new bipartite begomovirus infecting pepper, bean and tomato in Peru. Annals of Applied Biology 164(1), 62-72.