EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 2000 Num. article: 2000/158

Melon yellow spot is a new tospovirus

A tospovirus-like virus was isolated from diseased melons (Cucumis melo) in Japan. This virus was transmitted by Thrips palmi (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) in a persistent manner, but presented different cytopathological features from tospoviruses previously reported. Cytopathological, serological and molecular studies showed that it is a distinct tospovirus and the name melon yellow spot tospovirus was proposed. However, no information is given on the disease which is caused by this new tospovirus.


Kato, K.; Hanada, K.; Kameya-Iwaki, M. (2000) Melon yellow spot virus: a distinct species of the genus Tospovirus isolated from melon.
Phytopathology, 90(4), 422-426.