Federal Order Targets New Virus on Tomato

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 20 2019

A new viral disease on tomato has been intercepted in a few spots in the U.S. Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was first identified in a southern California greenhouse in September 2018 in grafted tomato plants and has also been found in specific production facilities in Mexico, and in Ontario, Canada. In October 2019, ToBRFV-infected tomato fruit was found in Naples and Gainesville, FL. Eradication efforts are underway in all these instances. The U.S., Mexico, and Canada are working together to minimize spread.

On Friday, November 15, USDA’s Animal & Plant He...

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