EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 06 - 2014 Num. article: 2014/113

Pepper chlorotic spot virus: a new tospovirus from Taiwan

Since 2009, unusual symptoms resembling those of a virus disease have been observed in Taiwan on glasshouse crops of sweet pepper (Capsicum annum). Affected plants presented mottling and deformation on leaves and fruits. Studies have shown that the causal agent is a new Tospovirus which has tentatively been called Pepper chlorotic spot virus (PCSV). Further studies are needed on to its distribution, epidemiology (e.g. thrips and seed transmission), and management strategies.


Cheng YH, Zheng YX, Tai CH, Yen JH, Chen YK, Jan FJ (2014) Identification, characterisation and detection of a new tospovirus on sweet pepper. Annals of Applied Biology 164(1), 107-115.