ToBRFV outbreaks in the UK

AHDB Horticulture has reported a total of five reported outbreaks of ToBRFV at tomato nurseries across the UK.

So far four of those have been reported in 2020 and all have been reported to the Plant Health Inspectorate and the necessary steps have been taken towards virus eradication, says AHDB Horticulture.

Growers and propagators are being advised by AHDB Horticulture to review their production protocols and in particular regarding the imports of both seeds and plants and crop hygiene to help mitigate against the further spread of the virus.

ToBRFV was first described from tomato crops in Israel in 2014, where the virus spread in tomato greenhouses almost nationwide within the period of one year after the first outbreak reports. The virus has since been reported from Jordan, Mexico, and Italy, including the island of Sicily, and is present but under eradication in Germany following outbreaks in several glasshouses.

For all the latest advice and help with ToBRFV, please check the AHDB Horticulture website, or the Defra Plant Health website.

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