First report of tomato brown rugose fruit virus in Austria and Switzerland

The NPPO of Austria recently informed the EPPO Secretariat of the first detection of tomato brown rugose fruit virus on its territory. The virus was detected in a greenhouse producing tomato fruit at the end of June 2021 in the municipality of Münchendorf (Niederösterreich).

Symptoms (elongated narrow leaves with slight mosaic pattern and occasionally rugose symptoms) were observed but were not severe. Eradication measures are taken and include the destruction of all plants, fruits, and growing medium (rock wool), as well as thorough cleaning and disinfection of containers, storage facilities, devices, machines, vehicles and other objects.

Also the suspected presence of ToBRFV has been confirmed on a Thurgau farm in Switzerland. In the canton of Thurgau, the virus has been detected on tomatoes. In Switzerland, Jordan virus is classified as a potential quarantine pest and is monitored by cantonal plant protection services. Farms producing tomatoes and hot peppers are required to report suspected cases to the authorities immediately. This was also the case in July from a farm in the canton of Thurgau near Zurich. This reported suspicion has now been confirmed 

Together with the Thurgau Agricultural Office, the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture and Acroscope, the cantonal plant protection service has taken measures to control and monitor the outbreak. The goal is to prevent the spread of the virus.

For more information:
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO/OEPP)

21 boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011
Paris, France
+ 33 (0) 1 45 20 77 94 

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