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Outbreak: Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus spotted in Spain.

According to Spain local news source,the leader of Plant Health Service of the Government of Andalusia, Rafael  Sanchez Trujillo, has reported  the outbreak of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) , as this was detected in a greenhouse in Ameria during the Semilla Innova Congress held in Almeria. Though the government agencies are yet to confirm this.

 The affected greenhouse has been quarantined.

“All the risks have been minimized to ensure that neighboring farms are protected,” says Rafael.

So far the virus has been detected in Germany, California, Mexico, Italy , Greece, Israel  and United Kingdom. It has spread to Netherlands  attacking 10 greenhouses.

For now there is no vaccine or resistant varieties to fight ToBRFV, but the only available option is to eradicate it by thorough cleaning of greenhouses.

“Biosecurity is our main defense and prevention is key.”

About Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)

ToBRFV  is a virus that can cause serious devastating impact to crops because it is highly contagious  but is harmless to humans and animals.

It belongs to the group of tobamoviruses, formed by about 30  variants. The crops most affected are tomatoes and peppers. It leads to chlorosis,mosaic and mottling  with narrowing of leaves . Sometimes, it leaves a necrotic spots on the leaves, stems, chalice and either a brown or yellow spot  on the fruits.

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