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Sharing best management practices to counter ToBRFV in glasshouse tomato

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How to help Prevent infection from ToBRFV?

These guidelines and best practices can help you succesfully grow non-ToBRFV and Intermediate (IR) resistant ToBRFV varieties.

Prevention for employees as well for visitors


Do not allow employees and visitors to bring tomatoes and peppers on site.

Wash hands with water and soap before entering the glasshouse.

Have at least one hygiene lock before entering the glasshouse.

All employees should use company clothing which should be washed daily after use. Employee working shoes should not leave the company and should not be used in different glasshouses/crops.

Have one working direction in your glasshouse and do not work in multiple glasshouses on one day.

Limit the number of visitors to your company. Ensure they always wear protection gear.

Prevent phone usage by employees/visitors.Ensure phones are in disposable plastic covers.

No jewelry or watches should be worn inside the glasshouse and glasses should be cleaned before entering the glasshouse.

External workers, (for instance mechanics), should wear clothing issued on-site during work (not their own).

Prevent usage of external tools. If it’s necessary to usetheir own tools these should be disinfected before use.

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Create awareness of ToBRFV with your employees:

• Educate them in recognizing ToBRFV symptoms (marbling of leaves, discolored fruits, vigor loss in heads)

• Emphasize impact (additional costs, jobs at risk and increased hygiene measures).

Prevention measures for Equipment


  • Each individual glasshouse should have its own toolbox for maintenance which should be disinfected after each use.

  • Mats with disinfection solution should be placed at doors, for entering and leaving outside, as well inside between compartments.

  • Limit exchange of materials and equipment between compartments as much as possible.

  • Use only 1 knife per gutter and disinfect with example given 2% Virkon after usage.

  • In case materials and equipment are exchanged, disinfect it before entering to another compartment.

  • Use only 1 pair of gloves per path and throw them away after usage in designated bins.


Want to learn more? 

Return to the ToBRFV page and check out the other steps, innovations and information on our varieties.

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