First outbreak of Pepino mosaic virus in the Czech Republic
The NPPO of the Czech Republic recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first outbreak of Pepino mosaic virus (Potexvirus, PepMV – EPPO Alert List). As a result of an official survey, PepMV was found in May 2008 at one company producing tomato fruits under glass. This company was located in the Břeclav District (South Moravian region). PepMV was identified by the NPPO diagnostic laboratory using ELISA and PCR for confirmation. The origin of this outbreak could not be reliably identified. PepMV was first detected in tomato plants (Lycopersicon esculentum cvs. Tricia F1 and Gaheris) imported from the Netherlands (originally delivered as grafted seedlings and seeds). However, at this company, PepMV was later detected in tomato plants of other cultivars and/or origins. Official measures are currently being taken. After harvest, all plants and growing media will be removed from the glasshouses, composted and covered with soil. Weed host species of PepMV occurring at the place of production and its close vicinity will also be destroyed. This is the first record of PepMV in the Czech Republic.
The pest status of Pepino mosaic virus in the Czech Republic is officially declared as: Present, under eradication.
NPPO of the Czech Republic, 2008-07.