Pepino mosaic virus, a first report of a virus infecting tomato in Syria

Ahmad Fakhro, Susanne von Bargen, Martina Bandte, Carmen Büttner


This is the first report of Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) occurring in tomato plants grown in plastic greenhouses in a Mediterranean city in Syria. One tomato fruit from sixty samples tested positive for this virus by DAS-ELISA. Biotest assay, RT-PCR, and sequencing confirmed the presence of PepMV. The highest sequence identity of the Syrian isolate was with the EU-tomato strains of PepMV.

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