BASF launches first tomato variety with intermediate resistance to ToBRFV in Mexico
Dec. 11, 2020
"This new variety has demonstrated its performance over two test seasons in various areas of Sinaloa, Baja California and Southern Mexico," explained Hiram Gutierrez Ayala (Tomato Crop Sales Manager for NAFTA).
“This variety has shown reliable resistance under both light and strong pressure from the virus and will contribute to a more stable supply of high-quality cherry tomatoes for the Mexican domestic market, as well as for the US and Canadian export markets. Consumers will value snack tomatoes for their attractive appearance, shelf life and sweetness,” he added.
“The rough tomato virus (ToBRFV) is a contagious plant virus that spreads easily through mechanical transmission. Infected fruits are unsaleable. With intermediate resistance to ToBRFV, plants and fruits will remain asymptomatic and salable, offering more reliable income to growers,” said Iván Angulo Araujo (Regional Tomato Product Specialist).
BASF's phytopathology and research departments utilized innovative breeding practices, such as controlled production systems and marker technology, to accelerate the variety development process and will continue for future variety development.
The company intends to develop more varieties that are resistant to ToBRFV in other tomato segments and other regions in the coming years. Through this continuous innovation, BASF highlighted its commitment to providing reliable and high-performance solutions that will meet the needs of all stakeholders along the value chain, as well as those of consumers.
What is ToBRFV?
Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) is a plant virus that is a member of the group, Tobamovirus.
Since its discovery in Israel in 2014, the virus has spread to parts of Europe, America, Asia and Africa. The virus is easily transmitted through contact. Symptoms include yellow spots, wrinkled patches and brown scars, resulting in tomatoes that cannot be sold in the market.
This virus and other bacterial diseases are why strict plant hygiene protocols must be followed in tomato growing and production sites and related operational activities.
The original Spanish version of this piece is from Nunhems.
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