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Absence of Tomato ringspot virus from Australia

Publication Date
Wed, 21 Aug 2013, 00:00
Last Updated
June 30, 2015, 6:29 a.m.
Report Number
Pest Id
Tomato ringspot virus - (TORSV0)
Report Status
Cucurbita spp.; Cymbidium spp.; Fragaria spp.; Fraxinus spp.; Gladiolus spp.; Hydrangea spp.; Narcissus spp.; Pelarnium spp.; Prunus spp.; Ribes spp.; Rubus spp.; Solanum spp.; Vaccinium spp.; Vitis spp.
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Absent: pest no longer present
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Absent: pest no longer present
Geographical Distribution

There were two detections of Tomato ringspot nepovirus (ToRSV) in the 1980s from South Australia from a single plant of Pentas lanceolata and a Cymbidium sp. There is no evidence of spread from either detection and the original plants no longer exist. With no further detections, including surveying and testing programs, this virus is considered to be no longer present in South Australia. Identification of the virus by the Tasmanian Government in samples from New South Wales and Victoria in 1999 and 2001 are considered unreliable as the detections were not verified and the original host plants no longer exist. There are no further records of this virus in New South Wales or Victoria, despite ongoing surveillance. This virus has never been detected in other Australian states or territories. Therefore ToRSV is now considered to be absent from Australia.

Determination that the pest is no longer present
Contact for info
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer Australian Government Department of Agriculture, GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia [email protected]
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