EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/058

Tobacco ringspot virus is absent from Serbia

The NPPO of Serbia recently confirmed the absence of Tobacco ringspot virus (Nepovirus, TRSV – EPPO A2 List) from its territory. The record of TRSV in Yugoslavia appearing in the EPPO datasheet published in 1997 was in fact a misinterpretation of a paper from Mickovksi (1969) which described the detection of another virus (Tomato spotted wilt virus) in tobacco. In addition, all subsequent studies (Dukić et al., 2006; Jevremović et al., 2016; Stanković et al., 2011) focussing on tobacco viruses did not detect TRSV in Serbia.

The pest status of Tobacco ringspot virus in Serbia is officially declared as: Absent: pest records invalid.


NPPO of Serbia (2020-02).

Mickovski J (1969) [Tomato spotted wilt virus of tobacco in Yugoslavia - tobacco ringspot]. Zastita Bilja 20, 203-214.

Additional references

Dukić N, Bulajić A, Berenji J, Đekić I, Duduk B, Krstić B (2006) [Presence and distribution of tobacco viruses in Serbia]. Pestic. Phytomed. (Belgrade) 21, 205-214.

Jevremović D, Paunović S, Leposavić A (2016) Incidence of viruses in highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) in Serbia. Pestic. Phytomed. (Belgrade) 31, 45–50. 

Stanković I, Bulajić A, Vučurović A, Ristić D, Milojević K, Berenji J, Krstić B (2011) Status of tobacco viruses in Serbia and molecular characterization of Tomato spotted wilt virus isolates. Acta Virologica 55, 337-347.