Potato spindle tuber viroid disease (PSTVD)

Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid disease (PSTVd) is a plant wasting disease that affects the growth of plants.

PSTVd has been reported in tomatoes in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

Plants affected

PSTVd affects:

  • potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • capsicums
  • eggplants
  • chilli
  • avocado
  • sweet cucumber
  • sweet potatoes


PSTVd is transmitted between plants through:

  • touch
  • cutting or pruning tools
  • contaminated machinery
  • aphids from plants also infected with potato leafroll virus
  • infected potato tubers
  • pollen
  • potato and tomato true seeds

PSTVd is highly contagious


Control PSTVD using biosecurity and hygiene practices, which include tools and equipment, so as to limit spread between growing facilities.

Inspect your crops regularly and report anything unusual.

Report suspected cases of PSTVd

Call the Emergency Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 to report suspected cases of PSTVd

More information

Page Last Reviewed: 12 Feb 2015
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