First report of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus in the United Kingdom
The NPPO of the United Kingdom recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO Alert List) on its territory. The presence of ToBRFV was confirmed in July 2019 in a tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) production site in Kent. Samples had been submitted for official testing after a positive result was received from a commercial laboratory in the Netherlands. Action has been taken to remove all plants from the affected glasshouse and disinfect the glasshouse, followed by a 14-week period of the glasshouse being kept clear of plants with the aim of eradication.
The pest status of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus in the United Kingdom is officially declared as: Transient, statutory action is being taken, actionable, under eradication.
NPPO of the United Kingdom (2019-07).