Breeders have bred two new tomato varieties to deal with the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV).
Fighting viruses that cause plant diseases is a constant challenge for greenhouse farmers. One of the most common pathogens causing plant death and complete crop destruction is Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), which spreads quickly and is difficult to eradicate from the greenhouse. For a more effective fight against the disease, the company De Ruiter brought out two new varieties of tomatoes: Ferreira and Novero.
Ferreira and Novero are hybrids of large tomato varieties characterized by medium resistance to the virus, high yield, and can be grown all year round. Ferreira's average weight is 250-260 grams, while Novero weighs 240-250 grams.
According to the breeders, breeding new varieties effectively reduces the threats caused by pathogens in greenhouses, which in turn contributes to obtaining a quality and abundant harvest.