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

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.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Sharka (Plum pox virus)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

EPPO Global Database - Plum Pox Virus
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Federal Government

Plant Pests and Diseases Program: Plant Disease - Plum Pox Virus
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

International Government

Emergency Plant Pests and Diseases: Plumpox (Sharka)
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Australia). Office of Biosecurity.

Plum Pox (PDF | 207 KB)
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more fact sheets.

Sharka (Plum Pox Virus) Of Stone Fruit And Ornamental Prunus Species
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (Canada).

State Government

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

Plum Pox Virus (PPV) (PDF | 88 KB)
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
See also: Pest Alerts - Fruit Pests for more fact sheets


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

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

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

See also: Forecasting Invasion Risks for more factsheets

Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook - Peach (Prunus persica)-Plum Pox (Sharka)
Oregon State University. Extension Service.


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: Aug 31, 2018
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