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Pepper vein yellow viruses

7 January 2019

Defra is seeking views on a draft rapid Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) for managing the risk of Pepper vein yellow viruses (PeVYVs), an emerging threat to pepper production worldwide.

The pathway of entry considered most likely is plants for planting of Capsicum species from Southern Europe. There is significant trade of Capsicum spp. from European countries where the virus has established, with no mitigations in place. Detecting the viruses in young plants during transit is also difficult.

Plants for planting as a route for entry has been assessed as likely with high confidence. There is also a risk of entry through the import of infected fruit or cut flowers, but these are considered unlikely with medium confidence.

As both vectors are widely distributed across Europe, natural spread is another possible route into the UK, though this has been assessed as unlikely, with medium confidence.

You can see the PRA here. In addition, a factsheet has been published.

Any comments should be sent by 29 January 2019 by email to: plantpestsrisks@defra.gsi.gov.uk If you would prefer FPC to provide feedback on your behalf then please contact sian@freshproduce.org.uk by 23 January.

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