Plum pox virus

Plum pox virus

Biologische Bundesanstalt fur Land-und Forstwirtschaft Archive,

  • Also known as Sharka, the virus affects numerous Prunus sp.
  • Symptoms are highly variable but may appear on trunks, leaves or fruit
  • Leaves may show yellow spots, bands or rings and vein clearing
  • Fruit or stones can have a mottled or spotted appearance
  • Trunks can split and fruit may drop prematurely
  • Spread locally by aphid vectors, but long distance dispersal occurs through movement of infected propagation material

High priority pest of: Cherries, Summerfruit

Scientific name: Plum pox virus (Potyvirus)
EPPRD Category: 2
Life Form: Virus

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol