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New Factsheets: Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), Rose Rosette Virus, and Plum Weevil (Conotrachelus nenuphar)

New factsheets on the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV), Rose Rosette Virus,  and Plum Weevil (Conotrachelus nenuphar) are now available.

ToBRFV was first described infecting tomato crops in Israel in 2014 but has subsequently spread to other tomato growing regions around the world, including the UK.

Rose rosette virus has never been recorded in the UK and is believed to be absent, but it has the potential to cause significant damage to the rose industry should it be introduced. Horticulturalists and gardeners are advised to remain vigilant for signs of the virus.

The plum weevil has potential to establish within the UK. Impacts could be expected in stone fruit and apple crops. The most likely pathway for introduction would be the import of plants for planting from the USA or Canada.

Each of these factsheets contains contact information in the event you suspect the presence of these pests.