New outbreaks of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in the United Kingdom
Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO Alert List) was first detected in July 2019 in a tomato greenhouse in Kent. The NPPO of the United Kingdom recently informed the EPPO Secretariat that this virus has been found in two new sites as part of the official surveillance programme. In March 2020, the presence of tomato brown rugose fruit virus has been confirmed at two tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) production sites in Worcestershire (West Midlands) in glasshouses of 1.62 ha and 8 ha respectively. Eradication measures are being applied (removing and incinerating all plants from the affected glasshouses, enhancing biosecurity procedures on the infected sites).
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 (2020-04).