Incursion of Tomato spotted wilt virus in Finland
Tomato spotted wilt virus (Tospovirus, TSWV – EPPO A2 List) is occasionally found in Finland in glasshouse crops but it is always subject to eradication measures to prevent its establishment (EPPO RS 2001/201, 2003/167). On 2009-03-20, TSWV was detected on pot plants of Osteospermum cv. ‘Purple flush’ at 1 place of production. The infected plants had been grown from planting material imported from Germany. The virus was first detected by a diagnostic kit (spot check lateral flow) and by DAS-ELISA. Appropriate treatments and quarantine measures were taken to eradicate TSWV.
The pest status of Tomato spotted wilt virus in Finland is officially declared as: Present, under eradication.
NPPO of Finland, 2009-04.