Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) Information Center

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Syngenta's ToBRFV Information Center

Get the latest information on ToBRFV and resources, tools, and information you can use to protect against Tomato Brown Rugose Virus.

info The information on this webpage reflects industry best practices and should not replace agronomic expert advice. This information alone should not be used to diagnose or treat any crop disease

Syngenta was the first to announce ToBRFV resistance in late 2020, and the first commercial varieties were planted in early 2021. Since then, we’ve continued to work tirelessly to provide solutions for tomato growers.

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus has a significant impact on growers. In fact, growers can lose up to 70% of their produce due to the virus, and it's spreading rapidly. -Ruud Kaagman, Global Crop Unit Head, Tomato

Today we have varieties available with ToBRFV resistance, with many more in development. “Broad resistance will be built in the portfolio during the next several years,” said Ruud Kaagman, Global crop Unit Head for Tomato. 

The ongoing research aims to expand resistance options and provide some that use different resistance mechanisms. New modes of action will provide a more durable, longer-lasting solutions for this fast-evolving virus.

More Resistance Varieties Are In Development

Syngenta currently has the following five varieties with ToBRFV resistance available for commercial use: Lansor, Barosor, Ibeth, Quri, and Waqu.

Seventeen additional saladette, cluster, and oval mini varieties are currently in trials with customers in the active and passive greenhouse segments 

Ruud Kaagman, Global Crop Unit Head Tomato, shares his insights.
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ToBRFV is spreading rapidly. Syngenta continues to invest in adding more varieties to the current resistant lineup.

What is ToBRFV?

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Resources From Syngenta To Help With ToBRFV

Learn more about what ToBRFV is.

ToBRFV Identification Guide

Use this identification guide to help detect ToBRFV in your tomatoes.

Tips to help prevent ToBRFV.

Tips to Protect Your Tomatoes

Follow these guidelines for the greenhouse and field to prevent ToBRFV.

Follow this checklist to help protect your tomatoes against ToBRFV.

ToBRFV Sanitation Checklist

This checklist will help you protect your tomatoes from ToBRFV.

Syngenta offers an entire tomato portfolio.

Syngenta's Tomato Portfolio

Syngenta provides tomato seeds for every grower in any market.

Keep Your Greenhouse Safe with These Hygiene Standards

It’s incredibly easy to be a transmitter of ToBRFV. It spreads on clothing, footwear, jewelry, and any tool used in infected tomato plants.

By adhering to extreme hygiene rules when visiting any greenhouse or field, growers and visitors can limit the translocation of ToBRFV. Follow these rules to reduce the spread of ToBRFV:

  1. If you’re in an infected area DO NOT go to other greenhouses or fields in the same clothing, shoes, etc.
  2. Upon arrival to greenhouses, use an effective disinfectant on hands, eyeglasses, and shoes and ensure clothing is clean of plant residues.
  3. Avoid visiting multiple greenhouses in one day.
  4. Do not take tomatoes, peppers, or any plant materials from one greenhouse to another.
  5. Avoid bringing jewelry, watches, accessories or phones into greenhouses.
    Watch this video to learn more about ToBRFV.
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    By adhering to extreme hygiene rules, you can limit the spread of ToBRFV.
    Follow this checklist to help protect your tomatoes against ToBRFV.

    Sanitation Checklist

    Whether you visit greenhouses everyday, or you're a guest it's important to adhere to hygiene standards to reduce ToBRFV transmission.

    Share this free downloadable checklist with everyone in your greenhouse and have it available to share with guests who visit.

    Frequently Asked Questions about ToBRFV

    Additional Resources on ToBRFV

    EPPO is a great resource for staying up-to-date on where ToBRFV has been found.

    European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)

    Stay up-to-date on where ToBRFV has been identified.

    International Seed Federation Provides Additional Info on ToBRFV.

    International Seed Federation (ISF)

    ISF has developed a protocol for detecting ToBRFV in tomato seeds.

    NAL is another great resource on ToBRFV.

    Naktuinbouw Authorized Laboratories (NAL)

    NAL ensures laboratories are maintaining seed quality.