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Tomato ringspot virus is absent from Serbia

The NPPO of Serbia recently confirmed the absence of Tomato ringspot virus from its territory. In the 1970s, the presence of ToRSV had been reported by Jordović et al. (1973) on raspberry.

However, the NPPO explained that the virus had been detected on two imported varieties which were destroyed after the detection of ToRSV, and thus never introduced into the raspberry production of Serbia. Subsequent surveys carried out in raspberries, blueberries, grapevine and strawberry crops did not detect ToRSV.

According to the literature, there was another record of ToRSV made by Mijatović et al. (2000) on tomato. The NPPO explained that in this study, the identity of the virus had not been confirmed by other identification methods which introduces uncertainty in the validity of these results. During a recent survey carried out on 3,220 tomato samples collected from 56 localities and 18 districts of Serbia, ToRSV was not detected (Nikolić et al., 2018). The NPPO of Serbia concluded that recent studies and surveys have confirmed the absence of ToRSV from its territory.

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