Document Type : Research paper


1 Sari University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Sari, Islamic Republic of Iran

2 Department of Horticulture, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Islamic Republic of Iran

3 Department of Plant Breeding, CEBAS-CSIC, P.O. Box 164, 30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain.

4 Department of Plant Breeding, CEBAS-CSIC, P.O. Box 164, 30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain

5 Sari University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Sari, Islamic Republic of Iran.


Plum pox or sharka, a viral disease caused by Plum pox virus (PPV), severely affects the production of Prunus species in Europe. The first evidence of sharka was reported in Iran in 2000 . Due to the economic impact of this disease on crop production, recent advances in the term of  biology, epidemiology, and disease management are provided in this paper to assure awareness among growers and professionals involved in Prunus production. This study will provide fundamental knowledge  about this virus  to guaranty the successful   detection and controlling of sharka disease in Iran.


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