EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 08 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/173

First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Cyprus

The NPPO of Cyprus recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of tomato brown rugose fruit virus (Tobamovirus, ToBRFV – EPPO Alert List) on its territory. The virus was detected in a greenhouse (4 ha) producing tomato fruit (Solanum lycopersicum) in the village of Ayia Napa (district of Ammochostos / Famagusta) on the eastern coast of Cyprus, after the producer notified symptoms to the authorities. The identity of the pathogen was confirmed by the Official National Laboratory on July 15, 2020. Official measures will be taken to prevent any further spread of the virus. Once the fruit has been harvested, containment measures will be switched to eradication.

The pest status of Tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Cyprus is officially declared as: Transient, actionable, under eradication.


NPPO of Cyprus (2020-08).