Plum pox virus (Wylie et al. 2017)
First appeared in Bulgaria (Douglas 2012)
First discovered in 1999 (Douglas 2012)
Probably with infected nursery stock (Douglas 2012)
Disease of stone fruit species (such as peaches and plums) (Douglas 2012)
USDA. ARS. Tellus.
The 20-year fight against plum pox – a serious agricultural disease capable of devastating stone fruits like peaches, apricots, cherries, and almonds – is finally over, thanks to a cooperative effort by the Agricultural Research Service and their partners.
United States Department of Agriculture.
At a ceremony today, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach declared the United States free of plum pox virus. Under Secretary Ibach signed a proclamation marking this historic announcement. "Today, our 20-year fight against plum pox disease is officially over,” Under Secretary Ibach said. “Working with our partners, we’ve eliminated this disease and protected the United States’ $6.3 billion stone fruit industry." Plum pox is a serious disease impacting stone fruit such as plums, almonds, and peaches. No other countries where plum pox disease is known to occur have successfully eradicated the disease. The disease was first detected in Pennsylvania in 1999.
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
U.S. Government Printing Office. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.
Google. YouTube; Penn State Extension.
This video was produced by Penn State Extension in 2000 and recounts the partnership that developed between Penn State, USDA, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and other scientists from around the world to battle the emergence of Plum Pox in Pennsylvania.
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New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.
Business Queensland (Australia).
State and Local Government
New York Department of Agriculture and Markets.
Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.
Douglas, S.M. 2012. Plum Pox: A New Threat to Stone Fruit Production in the United States. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
- Wylie, S.J., Adams, M., Chalam, C., Kreuze, J., López-Moya, J.J., Ohshima, K., Praveen, S., Rabenstein, F., Stenger, D., Wang, A., Zerbini, F.M., and ICTV Report Consortium. 2017. ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profile: Potyviridae. Journal of General Virology 98: 352–354.