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Plum Pox

Plum PoxScientific name: Potyviruses: Potyviridae (CABI)

Common names: Plum pox, PPV, Sharka disease

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Native To: First appeared in Bulgaria (Douglas 2012)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1999 (Douglas 2012)

Means of Introduction: Probably with infected nursery stock (Douglas 2012)

Impact: Disease of stone fruit species (such as peaches and plums) (Douglas 2012)

Current U.S. Distribution:



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Fact Sheet: Plum Pox Virus
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

Pest Alert: Plum Pox Virus
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

Invasive Species Compendium - Plum pox virus (sharka)
CAB International.

Data Sheets on Quarantine Pests - Plum Pox potyvirus (PDF | 49 KB)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.


Plum Pox Virus
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Plumpox (Sharka)
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (Australia).

Plum Pox
New Zealand Biosecurity.

Plum Pox (PDF | 207 KB)
United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Food and Environment Research Agency.


Plum Pox: A New Threat to Stone Fruit Production in the United States
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Plant Pathology and Ecology.

Plum Pox Virus Eradication Program
New York Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Plum Pox (PPV)
Ohio Department of Agriculture. Plant Health Division.

Plum Pox Virus Survey and Eradication Program
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Plant Industry.

Plum Pox Virus (PPV) (PDF | 88 KB)
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.


Plum Pox Virus in Ornamentals
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.

Plum Pox Virus
Cornell University (New York). New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.

New York Invasive Species Information - Plum Pox Virus
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Forecasting Invasion Risks: Factsheets - Plum Pox Virus (Feb 2010; 763 KB)
Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.


Plum Pox Potyvirus Disease of Stone Fruits
American Phytopathological Society.


CABI. Invasive Species Compendium. Plum pox virus (sharka). CAB International. [Accessed Apr 9, 2015].

Douglas, S.M. 2012. Plum Pox: A New Threat to Stone Fruit Production in the United States. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Last Modified: Nov 18, 2015
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