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Express PRA for Physostegia chlorotic mottle virus


For the first time Physostegia chlorotic mottle virus was detected in Austria in 2016 and short time later it was found in Hesse. Apart from that it was not found in Germany and the EU. Up to now it is neither listed in the Annexes of the Directive 2000/29/EC nor by the EPPO. Up to now Physostegia chlorotic mottle virus could only be detected on Physostegia virginiana and Solanum lycopersicum. Based on a subsequent detection on a tomato sample from the year 2003 it can be assumed that Physostegia chlorotic mottle virus already occurs in Germany for quite some time, f. e. in protected tomato cultivation. An establishment in other Member States seems possible. Up to now damage caused by the virus is hardly known; thus according to present knowledge Physostegia chlorotic mottle virus presumably does not bear any phytosanitary risk for Germany and other EU-Member States. Due to a lack of information a concrete assessment of the risk is not yet possible. Particularly with regard to the possible vectors of the virus no information is available at the moment. Thus Physostegia chlorotic mottle virus actually is not classified as a quarantine pest and § 4a of the plant inspection order does not apply. Nevertheless it is recommended to destroy infested plant material as a precautionary measure to hinder a further spread of the virus


  • Alphanucleorhabdovirus physostegiae


  • Chenopodium quinoa
  • Nicotiana benthamiana
  • Nicotiana clevelandii
  • Physostegia virginiana
  • Solanum lycopersicum


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PRA Area

  • Germany