`Deadly Tomato Virus Confirmed at French Farm

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Deadly Tomato Virus Confirmed at French Farm

Feb. 19, 2020
Julie Al-Zoubi

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France’s agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Didier Guil­laume has con­firmed that toma­toes on a farm in Brit­tany were found to be infected with the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV).

The affected farm has been placed under quar­an­tine and the green­houses will be destroyed.

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There is no known treat­ment for the dev­as­tat­ing virus which can wipe out entire crops and poses a threat to pep­pers and chili plants.

The virus was first detected in Israel in 2014 and has since hit crops in Spain, Italy, the U.S. and Mex­ico,

Britain con­firmed its first cases last July and in Ger­many, an out­break was erad­i­cated when infected plants were uprooted and destroyed before the soil was dis­in­fected.


Ear­lier this month Hor­ti­cul­ture Week reported that ToBRFV had been detected in imported seeds in the Nether­lands and dis­cov­ered in Span­ish green­houses.

The virus, which retains its power to infect over a long period of time, is spread through direct con­tact and by infected seeds, plants and fruits.

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