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.