EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 1999 Num. article: 1999/137

First report of citrus tristeza closterovirus in Albania

A survey was carried out for the presence of citrus tristeza closterovirus (EPPO A2 quarantine pest) in the main citrus-growing areas of Albania. A total of 543 samples was collected from individual trees (481 from commercial groves and 62 from the varietal collection of the Research Institute of Pomology of Vlora) and tested (DAS-ELISA, confirmation by indexing on Mexican lime seedlings). As a result 19 samples were found infected by citrus tristeza closterovirus. Infected trees from commercial groves were satsumas (Citrus unshiu) and sweet oranges (C. sinensis). In the varietal collection, CTV was found in a single tree of orange cv. Navel and satsuma, 3 lemons cv. Meyer (C. limon) and 2 citrons cv. Diamante (C. medica). Infected trees were scatted in the orchards and none of them showed decline symptoms. The authors noted that urgent eradication measures are needed. This is the first report of citrus tristeza closterovirus in Albania.


Stamo, B.; D'Onghia, A.M.; Savino, V. (1999) First record of citrus tristeza closterovirus in Albania.
Journal of Plant Pathology, 81(1), p 63.