British Hop Association highlights danger posed by viroid potentially infecting crops

The threat of hop stunt viroid (HSVd) infecting the UK crop is "a very serious issue", according to the head of the British Hop Association.

Hop and apple grower Ali Capper said: "We have requested that plant health passports and phytosanitary certificates are changed to ensure that plant material coming here is free of HSVd."

Defra is carrying out a rapid pest-risk analysis to establish the nature and severity of the threat before introducing control measures. HSVd is already widely distributed globally, including on continental Europe.


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