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Plum Pox

Background

Plum pox is a virus disease of stone fruit species (peaches, plums, etc.) that first appeared in Pennsylvania October of 1999. The plum pox virus can be carried in live nursery stock, in grafts and budwood of infected plants, and is transmitted from one plant to another by the feeding of several species of aphid. Plum pox virus does not kill infected trees, but it causes yield losses to growers and reduces the marketability of fruit.

Subsequent to its discovery in the United States, an infestation of plum pox virus was detected in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada. It appears that this infestation pre-dates the one in Pennsylvania. At this time there is not evidence that the two infestations are related. The strain detected in the US and Canada is the D strain from Europe which is not the most virulent of plum pox strains, and which does not appear to infect cherry species. (more)

 

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Program Contacts:

Lynn Evans-Goldner
National Policy Manager
301-851-2286
E-mail: Lynn.Evans-Goldner@aphis.usda.gov

Mafalda Weldon
National Director
Plum Pox Virus Eradication Program
USDA-APHIS-PPQ
Telephone: (585) 388-2700
Toll-Free: (800) 249-2363
E-Mail: Mafalda.Weldon@aphis.usda.gov

 

New York 

USDA-APHIS-PPQ
Plum Pox Virus Eradication Program
Residential Survey Information
Telephone: (585) 388-2700
Toll-Free: (800) 249-2363

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Division of Plant Industry
Telephone: (518) 457-2087
Toll-Free: (800) 554-4501



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