EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 09 - 2010 Num. article: 2010/156

Studies on the insect vectors of Stolbur phytoplasma

Stolbur phytoplasma (‘Candidatus Phytoplasma solani’ - EPPO A2 List) is associated with several diseases affecting different crops such as tomato and other solanaceous plants, grapevine (bois noir), fruit trees. In Europe, the most important vector of stolbur was considered to be Hyalesthes obsoletus. However, recent studies have shown that other insect species may also be vectors of this pathogen:
- Macrosteles quadripunctulatus in tomato and carrot (Battle et al., 2009).
- Pentastiridius beieri in sugarbeet (Gatineau et al., 2001),
- Reptalus panzeri in grapevine (Palermo et al., 2004) and maize (Jović et al., 2007),
- Reptalus quinquecostatus in grapevine (Trivellone et al., 2005),


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