First report of little cherry virus 1 infecting apricot (Prunus armeniaca) in Morocco.
In 2018, during the early vegetative season, a limited survey was carried out for virus detection in apricot and sweet cherry orchards in the main southern Moroccan stone fruit-producing regions of Agadir, Agdez and Dayat Aoua. Two sweet cherry (Coeur de Pigeon and Bigarreau) and 3 apricot cultivars, all asymptomatic, were sampled (5 branches with leaves) from 3 different orchards. The presence of Little cherry virus 1 (LChV-1) was detected based on various molecular analyses. This is thought to be the first report on the detection of LChV-1 in Africa.