French tomato plant virus infection: harmless to humans, has plagued many countries

The French Ministry of Agriculture said that tomato plants in France’s westernmost province of Finistel have been contaminated with a devastating crop virus that could affect all crops and are known to cause no harm to humans, euronews reported.

French tomato plant virus infection: harmless to humans has plagued many countries

According to reports, the French Ministry of Agriculture said that the authorities have recently quarantined a farm in the province of Finistelli and destroyed several greenhouses growing tomatoes. There is no known treatment for this crop virus.

The French Ministry of Agriculture said it had received samples from the French Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety Agency (ANSES) in the province of Finistell, where tomatoes grown in the region have been contaminated with a plant virus.

Reported that the plant virus is known as “tomato brown wrinklefruit fruit virus” (ToBRFV), can cause the tomato to appear rough discoloration plaques, resulting in tomatoes simply can not be sold. Local officials have previously warned that the spread of the crop virus will have significant economic consequences for farmers.

Reported that the crop virus is harmless to humans. The plant virus, which first spread to greenhouses in Israel in 2014, has since spread to Europe and the Americas.

The report noted that growers in Spain and Italy, the EU’s two largest tomato producers, had been affected by the tomato brown wrinkled fruit virus, and some U.S. and Mexican growers had also been affected. The UK announced the first cases of such crop infections in July 2019.

In early February, France’s ministry promised to rigorously screen plants and seeds, in addition to regularly testing for the tomato brown wrinkled fruit virus. (Jingyu)