EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 03 - 2006 Num. article: 2006/051

Detailed situation of Plum pox potyvirus in Argentina

As reported in EPPO RS 2005/019, Plum pox potyvirus (PPV – EPPO A2 list) has recently been found in Argentina for the first time. In November 2004, symptoms resembling those of PPV were observed in a plum and apricot orchard (comprising 5000 trees in total) in Pocito, San Juan Province. Samples were collected from 70 symptomatic trees and tested (DAS-ELISA, ISEM, RT-PCR). PPV was detected in 80% of the samples, and studies showed that only PPV-D was present.
The situation of Plum pox potyvirus in Argentina can be described as follows: Present, first found in 2004 in one orchard (San Juan Province), under eradication.


Dal Zotto A, Ortego JM, Raigon JM, Caloggero S, Rossini M, Ducasse DA (2006) First report in Argentina of Plum pox virus causing sharka disease in Prunus. Plant Disease 90(5), p 523.