First report of Pepino mosaic virus in Israel
The NPPO of Israel recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first record of Pepino mosaic virus (Potexvirus, PepMV – EPPO A2 List) on its territory. In late 2019, PepMV was incidentally found in commercial tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) crops in Ramat HaNegev (Northwestern Negev). The presence of the virus was confirmed by testing tomato leaves and fruit by ELISA, RT-PCR and sequencing. The origin of this outbreak is unknown.
The pest status of Pepino mosaic virus in Israel is officially declared as: Present in Ramat Negev.
NPPO of Israel (2020-03).