Plum pox virus found near Adana and Içel (Mediterranean region), Turkey
During 2005 and 2006, symptoms resembling those of sharka were repeatedly observed in several orchards near Adana and Mersin (Mediterranean region) in Turkey. Leaf samples were collected at random from different trees and tested (DAS-ELISA). Plum pox virus (Potyvirus, PPV – EPPO A2 List) was detected in samples from 3 trees. Further studies (RT-PCR, RFLP) confirmed the presence of PPV-M. It is noted that this is the first time that PPV is detected in this area.
The situation of Plum pox virus in Turkey can be described as follows: Present, limited distribution, found in Marmara region, Mediterranean region and around Ankara (Central Anatolia).
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