EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 1994 Num. article: 1994/208

New soil-borne virus on wheat in Turkey

A new soil-borne virus has been observed on wheat in Turkey, but only in a very limited area in Alpu, near Eskisehir. The symptoms are characterized by severe stunting, rosetting and poor heading and appear in patches in the same fields over the years, suggesting the occurrence of a soil-borne causal agent. The pathogen has not yet been characterized but so far potyvirus-like particles have been observed. Further studies are being carried out on the identity of the causal agent and on possible sources of resistance against this disease.


Makkouk, K.M.; Lesemann, D.E.; Saari, E.E., Altay, F.; Szen, B.; Bolat, N.; Braun, H.J.; Payne, T.S.; Beniwal, S.P.S (1994) Identity of and screening for resistance to a new soil-borne virus affecting wheat in Trkiye.
Paper presented at the 9th Congress of the Mediterranean Phytopathological Union.