Incursion of Potato spindle tuber viroid on ornamental Solanaceae in Austria
The Austrian Plant Protection Service recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of Potato spindle tuber viroid (Pospiviroid, PSTVd – EPPO A2 List) in Austria. During an official monitoring survey, PSTVd was detected in Tyrol on Solanum jasminoides and Brugmansia spp. (Solanaceae), at 2 companies producing plants for final consumers. Eradication measures were imposed (all plants of these species were destroyed and the premises disinfected). Sales of Brugmansia spp., Solanum jasminoides and Solanum rantonnetii by the two enterprises concerned were suspended. No other occurrence of PSTVd was found. Investigations showed that the infested plants originated from Italy. The Italian Plant Protection Service was informed.
The pest status of Potato spindle tuber viroid in Austria is officially declared as follows: Occurrence on imported plants, eradicated.
NPPO of Austria, 2008-02.