First report of Tomato chlorotic dwarf viroid in Finland
In April 2009, the presence of Tomato chlorotic dwarf viroid (Pospiviroid, TCDVd) was detected for the first time in Finland on planting material of Petunia in 1 place of production. The infected lots (cvs ‘Mini Red’ and ‘Pink Star’) had been imported from Israel. The viroid was detected by conventional RT-PCR (using Pospi1 primers) and identified by sequencing; positive results were also confirmed by Fera in the United Kingdom by using TaqMan-PCR. Appropriate treatments and quarantine measures were applied to eradicate TCDVd.
The pest status of Tomato chlorotic dwarf viroid in Finland is officially declared as: Present, under eradication.
NPPO of Finland, 2009-04.