First report of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus in Algeria
In June 2018, zucchini (Cucurbita pepo), melon (Cucumis melo), and cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plants showing virus-like symptoms such as foliar yellowing and vein clearing were observed in the agricultural region of Biskra, in northeast Algeria. A total of 51 symptomatic leaf samples were collected: 31 of zucchini, 12 of cucumber, and eight of melon. Virus identification was carried out by nucleic acid spot hybridization using specific riboprobes and confirmed by PCR and sequencing. Results confirmed the presence of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus (Begomovirus, ToLCNDV – EPPO Alert List). This is the first time that ToLCNDV is reported from Algeria.
The situation of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus in Algeria can be described as follows: Present, only in some areas (first found in 2018 in Northeast Algeria).
Kheireddine A, Sifres A, Sáez C, Picó B, López C (2019) First report of Tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus infecting cucurbit plants in Algeria. Plant Disease 103(12), p 3291.