Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is a mechanically transmitted virus, first described in Jordan in 2016. The virus was already detected in Germany in 2018, and in 2019 in the Netherlands as well. At the end of 2019, the virus was given the status of quarantine organism and since then, a notification requirement has been imposed.
ToBRFV causes deformed and bulging leaves, yellow spots on fruits and yellowed leaf veins (mosaic discoloration) in tomato plants. With non-marketable fruits and loss of yield as a result.
ToBRFV cannot be combated at the moment. There are no resistant tomato varieties. All focus should be on prevention, for which a strict hygiene plan should be the basis. A thorough disinfection of the entire greenhouse during crop rotations is an important step in this hygiene plan. Before this greenhouse disinfection process takes place, the greenhouse should be completely cleaned, and all organic plant material should be removed. This is very important, as the virus is very persistent and easily transferable.
In recent research on the survival of ToBRFV on surfaces (conducted by Fera Ltd with AHDB UK), Huwa-San TR-50 was found to be highly effective against ToBRFV on surfaces within just 60 minutes.
Huwa-San TR-50 is therefore perfectly suitable for the disinfection of surfaces during crop rotations. With Huwa-San TR-50, general hygiene is taken to a higher level. Huwa-San allows you to drastically reduce the risk of infection with viruses and as Huwa-San is also verified for use in Organic food sites, it is classed as a ‘No rinse, leave in place disinfectant’.
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