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Canadian growers warned of new virus threat to pepper and tomato crops


April 30, 2019
By Fruit and Vegetable magazine

The Canadian Horticultural Council is reporting a new virus threat that has brought concerns to tomato and pepper growers in Canada.

The Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) was first detected in 2014 and since then, more recent detections have occurred in Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and the United States (California).

To-date ToBRFV has not been found in Canada but does spread easily through seed transmission and mechanical transmission at every stage of growth from seed to fruit. The virus predominantly affects tomatoes and peppers. However, tobacco, petunias, and some common weeds have also shown to be potential hosts.

Symptoms are very similar to other plant viruses like Tomato Mosaic Virus, Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus, and Pepino Mosaic Virus Questions should be directed to your provincial association, provincial specialists, and/or local scouting companies. If you suspect this virus, ensure testing is done at a Canadian lab. | For more information, CLICK HERE