Interception of Pepper chat fruit viroid in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, following the interception of Potato spindle tuber viroid (Pospiviroid – EPPO A2 List) in seeds of Solanum sisymbriifolium imported from Asia by a breeding company (EPPO RS 2017/200), the presence of another viroid was detected. At this breeding company, 24 seed lots of S. sisymbriifolium were tested and 1 lot was found to be infected by Pepper chat fruit viroid (Pospiviroid). This infected seed lot also originated from Asia. As a precautionary measure, the breeding company will destroy all its seed lots originating from Asia, irrespective of the test results.
The pest status of Pepper chat fruit viroid in the Netherlands is officially declared as: Absent, intercepted only.
NPPO of the Netherlands (2017-12).