EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 02 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/038

Update on the situation of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in the Netherlands

The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO Alert List) was first detected in the Netherlands in October 2019 in one greenhouse in the municipality of Westland (RS 2019/209). The virus was further detected in other tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) greenhouses. As of 11 February 2020, 17 outbreaks are reported: 8 in the municipality of Westland, 4 in the municipality of Hollands Kroon, 2 in the municipality of Brielle, 1 in the municipality of Reimerswaal, 1 in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, 1 in the municipality of Midden-Delfland. The identity of the virus was confirmed by sequencing (NGS). In addition, 4 other cases are suspected (based on RT-PCR) but still need to be confirmed by sequencing. Among the 4 suspected cases, 2 are in the municipality of Westland. In all cases, phytosanitary measures are applied. The NPPO of the Netherlands also surveys seed companies, and ToBRFV was detected in tomato seed imported from Peru (a country where the virus is not known to occur).



NVWA (2020-02-11) Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) https://www.nvwa.nl/onderwerpen/plantenziekten-en-plagen/tomato-brown-rugose-fruit-virus-tobrfv

NVWA (2020-02-07) Tomatenvirus ToBRFV ook aangetroffen op tomatenzaad https://www.nvwa.nl/onderwerpen/plantenziekten-en-plagen/nieuws/2020/02/07/nvwa-tomatenvirus-tobrfv-ook-aangetroffen-op-tomatenzaad