EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 11 - 2019 Num. article: 2019/238

First report of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Spain

The NPPO of Spain recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO Alert List) on its territory. Symptomatic plants of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) grown for fruit production in a greenhouse (1.38 ha) were observed by a grower in October 2019 in the municipality of Vícar, Almería province (Andalucía). Apical chlorosis was observed in 0.5% of the plants. The identity of the virus was confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory. Phytosanitary measures were taken to eradicate the disease. Surveys (including testing) are being carried out in the 6 greenhouses that are growing plants produced from the same seed lot or using the same rootstock variety, as well as in the greenhouses belonging to the same producers. Phytosanitary measures are applied in all these greenhouses to avoid the potential spread of the virus pending laboratory results. 

The pest status of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Spain is officially declared as: Present, under eradication.


NPPO of Spain (2019-11).