MI: Survey Conducted for Plum Pox Disease

News Date: 12/07/2010

The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA), in cooperation with Michigan Conservation Districts, has completed a detection survey for plum pox virus (PPV), a serious disease of peach, plum, and other stone fruit trees.  During the course of the eight-week survey, nearly 14,000 leaf samples were collected from more than 100 stone fruit orchards with all samples testing negative for PPV. PPV is a quarantine significant pathogen and the world's most destructive disease of stone fruit.  It is restricted to trees in the genus Prunus, which includes peach, plum, apricot, nectarine, and cherry.  The disease does not affect humans and is not a food safety concern.  This survey was conducted in continued response to the detection and eradication of PPV in southwestern Michigan in 2006.  Since that time, more than 225,000 stone fruit trees have been sampled and all have tested negative for PPV.  For more information, click here.

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