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UK Risk Register Details for Potato spindle tuber viroid

This record was last updated on 05/04/2022

Common Names

  • Bunchy top of tomato
  • Spindle tuber of potato

Scenario and Pathways

Scenario for Risk Register

  • show / hide
  • Pest is introduced

Pathway Assessed for Entry to UK

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Bulbs or tubers

Common Pathways

  • show / hide
  • Plants for planting (except seeds bulbs and tubers)
  • Bulbs or tubers
  • Seeds
  • Fruits or vegetables

Risk Ratings and Current Mitigations

Unmitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 5
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 15
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 75

Current Mitigations

  • show / hide

Key mitigation for pest

Regulated non quarantine pest



Industry Scheme

Contingency Plan



Mitigated Risks

Likelihood [1 - 5] 3
Spread [1 - 5] 3
Impact [1 - 5] 3
Value at Risk [1 - 5] 5
Likelihood x Impact [1 - 25] 9
UK Relative Risk Rating [1 - 125] 45

Proposed Actions

Proposed Actions



Management By Industry

Targeted Survey


Contingency Plan



Distribution and Pest Details


Country / Territory Status Notes
Poland Absent Eradicated
Belarus Present
Malta Present
Russia Present
Slovenia Present
Spain Present
Türkiye Present
Ukraine Present
Belgium Present
Croatia Present
Czech Republic Present
Germany Present
Greece Present
Italy Present
Netherlands Present under eradication
United Kingdom Present (Unknown Distribution)
Austria Present
Hungary Present
Montenegro Present
Switzerland Present
North America
Mexico Present
South America
Peru Present
Venezuela Present
Australia Present
New Zealand Present
Egypt Present
Nigeria Present
Ghana Present
Asia Present
Afghanistan Present
Bangladesh Present
China Present
India Present
Iran Present
Israel Present
Japan Present
Azerbaijan Present
Georgia Present
Vietnam Present
Central America
Costa Rica Present

Type of Pest

  • Virus or Viroid

Host or Industry at Risk

  • show / hide

Solanum tuberosum, Solanum lycopersicum

Major Hosts

  • Capsicum annuum L.
  • Cestrum aurantiacum Lindl.
  • Cestrum elegans (Brongn.) Schlecht.
  • Dahlia Cav.
  • Ipomoea batatas (L.) Poir./Lam.
  • Lycianthes Hassl.
  • Solanum lycopersicum L.
  • Physalis peruviana L.
  • Solanum L.
  • Solanum sisymbriifolium Lam.
  • Solanum tuberosum L.
  • Streptosolen jamesonii (Benth.) Miers
  • Brugmansia Pers.

Threats to Protected Cultivation

  • Both protected crops and outdoor production

Forest Tree Pests and Pathogens

Further Information

PRA Availability

PRA not available

Regulation and EPPO listing

  • show / hide

Regulated non quarantine pest, EPPO A2

Actions Indicated

  • show / hide


Statutory action against findings.

General Comments

Sporadic transient outbreaks in a number of European countries, including in the UK. Continued protection of potato, tomato and pepper crops remains a priority.

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