In several countries worldwide the tomato virus ToBRFV has now surfaced, including recently in Germany. Naktuinbouw (the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture) is now working on a faster diagnostic test at the request of and together with the business community to detect the virus. "Right now, we can already identify the virus, but in case an infection is suspected, then of course quick action is important", says Alfred Klaver.
With the method that Naktuinbouw is now working on, it should in principle be clear within one to two days whether it concerns ToBRFV. The specific test is based on the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technique, also known as TaqMan.
ToBRFV is part of the group of tobamo viruses, which includes about thirty different viruses. With sequence analysis, ToBRFV can already be established in leaf material and on seed. With the arrival of the new test, Naktuinbouw will soon be able to carry out routine checks on both Pepino mosaic and Tobamo viruses.
There is no sign of an outbreak in the Netherlands yet. Visual inspections by Naktuinbouw have not yielded any suspicions of contamination. At the moment, regular hygiene measures are used to ensure that the virus does not appear in the Netherlands.
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