Welcome to the IAM Plant Pathology Webpages
These pages are about viruses and phytoplasmas that infect apples, pears, plums,
strawberries and numerous other wild or cultivated plants and that are of
major concern by the
European Plant Protection Organization and the European plant protection
legislation (EC directive 2000/29/EC, 436 KB PDF-file).
In these pages we collect and present essential information (visual symptoms,
host range, sequence information, currently available detection and
elimination procedures) about each pathogen.
In a world of free trade and in an European Union with free movement of plant
material, not only the detection of infected plant material - with the coherent
consequence of its destruction - is important, but also the ways and means leading
to the production of healthy planting material, which in the end is, what the
growers should use increasingly for establishing new orchards.
The Plant Biotechnology Unit
at the Institute of Applied Microbiology, University
of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna, has extensive experience in the field of detection and
elimination by in vitro methods of pome and stone fruit pathogens.
The Plant Pathology Unit at the Institute of Applied Microbiology was the cordinator
of the European Union Project
FAIR 3889 "Health certification of Rosaceous species based on disease-indexing of
in vitro plants: Validation of diagnostics and diagnostic strategies.
In this project, the Plant Pathology Unit, with
7 partners, developed an in vitro reference collection of the most
relevant pathogens affecting fruit trees. Protocols for detection and elimination
were developed, and papers reporting the work were published.
The pages were created by Wolfgang Arthofer, Sabine Strommer, Veronika Hanzer,
Duarte Mendonça, Richard Gölles, Stefan Brazda
and Margit Laimer, the plant virology team at the IAM.
We would like to thank
The project is supported by the European commission under the
4th Framework Programme. The content of these
pages is the sole responsibility of its publishers. These pages in no way
represent the views of the Commission or its services.