In order to inform and publicize the most recent news about the Tobamovirus genus with an emphasis on the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), the State Committee of Plant Health of Sonora (CESAVE), in coordination with the Local Board of Plant Health of the Yaqui Valley, held a seminar where it presented the background and identification of this new virus; as well as the phytosanitary measures to prevent it and the current regulation to prevent the introduction of seeds and plant material to our country.
The event was held in the auditorium of the Local Board of Plant Health of the Valley of the Yaqui. It was attended by 150 participants, including technical staff of the different Local Boards of Plant Health of the state and of the municipalities of Guamuchil, El Carrizo, and Guasave. It was also attended by personnel of the State Plant Health Committee of Sinaloa (CESAVESIN), personnel from agricultural companies, researchers from the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (INIFAP), the Sonora Technological Institute (ITSON), the State University of Sonora (UES), teachers and students of the Technological Institute of the Valley of the Yaqui (ITVY) of the University of Sonora, and SENASICA personnel in the State.
Engineer Javier Valenzuela Lagarda, the Manager of CESAVE Sonora, introduced the speakers of the Seminar and thanked the participants for their attendance. After that, Engineer Juan Jose Ruiz Urrea, the General Coordinator of the Master Plan for Comprehensive Rural Development in the South of Sonora, welcomed and congratulated the attendees for their interest in being informed and updated on this new tomato virus.
Prior to the start of the conferences, Engineer Roberto Mendivil Leyva, the Head of the Plant Health Program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER), presented the Seminar's objectives: to inform and provide agricultural producers, field technicians and researchers with the tools and necessary knowledge to identify the virus, and to present the results obtained by the General Directorate of Plant Health and the National Phytosanitary Reference Center of different samplings carried out in all the states of the country.
In addition, they also presented the phytosanitary measures and the changes in the regulation and requirements for the importation of seeds, plants, seedlings, and tomato cuttings, as well as the current situation of the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) in Mexico and in the world.
"Background and identification of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) and results of the actions implemented in the Phytosanitary Epidemiological Surveillance Program" by Dr. Clemente de Jesus García Avila of the General Directorate of Plant Health and the National Phytosanitary Reference Center
"Viral diseases in tomatoes and chili caused by Tobamovirus species with emphasis on Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus" (ToBRFV) by Dr. Ramiro Gonzalez Garza of Biociencia SA de CV.
"General management of Tobamovirus, with a focus on Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus" (ToBRFV) by Dr. Jose Antonio Garzon Tiznado of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa.
"Phytosanitary measures for the prevention and reduction of the inoculum source of Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus" (ToBRFV) by Engineer Mayra Guadalupe Acal Miss of the General Directorate of Plant Health.
The documents of the presentations are available for download here.