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Netherlands: Flemish growers with ToBRFV infection await test results of new plantings

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Fresh Tomato
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Environmental Issue
Mar 1, 2022
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The Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) continues to spread. The Netherlands recently reported that there now are 38 infected companies. Belgium, according to information from the FAVV, now has 15 infected companies. According to the latest update from the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), the virus has also appeared in Albania.
Sampling results Belgium expectedA spokesman for the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) speaks of 15 officially infected companies in the province of Antwerp. In December there were only 12 contaminations. At that time there were 36 cases in the Netherlands already. None of the growers in Belgium has yet been declared free of contamination. Growers can only be declared contamination-free if there has been a change of cultivation and the new planting has tested negative. This sampling is done at the request of the grower when the new plans are at least 6 months old. The first applications are expected in the coming months, the spokesperson says. The Flemish test stations and research institute Scientia Terrae have published a photo database containing pictures of the most important leaf and fruit symptoms in tomato when infected with the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV). This is an update for February 2022. Click here to access the database. ToBRFV ...
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