EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 07 - 2019 Num. article: 2019/147

First report of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus in Greece

In autumn 2018, virus-like symptoms were observed in courgette (Cucurbita pepo hybrid) crops in the Ileia and Messinia regions in Southeastern Greece. Symptoms included short internodes and curling, vein swelling and mosaic in young leaves, resembling those of a begomovirus infection. Leaf samples were collected from 15 symptomatic plants in Tragana (Ileia region). Laboratory analysis (PCR, sequencing, DAS-ELISA) confirmed the presence of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (Begomovirus, ToLCNDV – EPPO Alert List) in symptomatic samples. This is the first time that ToLCNDV is reported from Greece.

The situation of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus in Greece can be described as follows: Present, only in some areas (first detected in 2018 in the region of Ileia).


Orfanidou CG, Malandraki I, Beris D, Kektsidou O, Vassilakos N, Varveri C, Katis NI, Maliogka VI (2019) First report of tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus in zucchini crops in Greece. Journal of Plant Pathology (early view). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42161-019-00265-y