Plum pox virus found in Piemonte and Puglia regions, Italy
The NPPO of Italy informed the EPPO Secretariat that Plum pox virus (EPPO A2 List) has been found in the regions of Piemonte and Puglia in 2009. Laboratory analysis (ELISA, RT-PCR) have confirmed the presence of PPV-M. Appropriate phytosanitary measures have been taken to eradicate the disease and avoid any further spread.
PPV was detected in a nursery located in the municipality of Alba (province of Cuneo) in 17 samples collected from scions of Prunus armeniaca (cvs. ‘Tonda di Costigiole’, ‘Valeria Gottero’) and of P. domestica (cvs. ‘Roero’, ‘Rossa di Costigliole’, ‘Big Egg’ and ‘Santa Clara’), as well as in one-year old rootstocks.
Three outbreaks of PPV have been found in young plantations located near Cerignola (province of Foggia). The virus was detected in 6 plants of P. armeniaca cvs. ‘Ninfa’; 2 plants of ‘Orange Rubis’; and in 44 plants of P. persica cv. ‘Big Top’.
NPPO of Italy, 2009-11.