This report concerns the finding of PSTVd on ornamental Solanaceae plants in the Netherlands.
PSTVd is regulated as a harmful organism for the European Community (Annex I A section I).
The Netherlands Plant Protection Service routinely carries out monitoring surveys in the ornamental plant industry for PSTVd on symptomless Solanaceae plants. One lot of ornamental potted plants of Solanum jasminoides at a company specialised in rooting plantlets, was confirmed to have tested positive for PSTVd on May 30, 2006. Investigations revealed that the infested lot may have originated in Kenya or in Israel.
Phytosanitary legislation of the European Community prohibits the introduction of plants of Solanaceae intended for planting from third countries, other than European and Mediterranean countries (Annex III A 13).
Measures have been taken to prevent reoccurrence of the import of S. jasminoides plants from third countries, other than European and Mediterranean countries.