Tomato spotted wilt virus found again in Austria
The NPPO of Austria recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of a new finding of Tomato spotted wilt virus (Tospovirus, TSWV – EPPO A2 List) on is territory. The virus was found in the region of Salzburg on plants of Solanum lycopersicum, Capsicum annuum and Gerbera sp. The identity of the virus was confirmed by PCR tests (Institute for Sustainable Plant Production of AGES (Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety)). The infected plants of Solanum lycopersicum and Capsicum annuum were grown under a plastic tunnel in a vegetable producing farm. These plants had been purchased from another EU Member State. The infected plants of Gerbera sp. were detected in the greenhouse of another producer. In both cases the origin of the infection could not be identified. The transmission by thrips cannot be excluded. The regional Plant Protection Service has ordered the destruction of the infested plants by burning, as well as the disinfection of the plastic tunnel and the greenhouse.
The pest status of Tomato spotted wilt virus in Austria is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of Austria (2015-02).