EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 08 - 2014 Num. article: 2014/148

First report of Tomato infectious chlorosis virus in Tunisia

In Tunisia, during field surveys conducted in autumn 2012, symptoms of severe yellowing, brittleness and thickening of mature leaves were observed in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) crops. Yellowing symptoms were also observed in the main Tunisian artichoke (Cynara scolymus)-growing regions. Samples were collected from symptomatic and asymptomatic tomato plants in Kairouan and Bizerte regions, and from artichoke in Ariana and Mannouba regions. Results of laboratory testing revealed the presence of Tomato infectious chlorosis virus (Crinivirus, TICV – EPPO A2 List) in 6 (out of 20) tomato samples and in 8 (out of 161) artichoke samples. This is the first time that TICV is reported from Tunisia.
The situation of Tomato infectious chlorosis virus in Tunisia can be described as follows: Present, first detected in 2012 in samples of tomato and artichoke.


Salleh W, Mnari-Hattab M, Minutillo SA, Spanò R, Zammouri S, Gallitelli D (2014) First report of tomato infectious chlorosis virus in Tunisia. Journal of Plant Pathology 96(2), p 433.