Agriculture

Save the Tomato: Israeli Scientists Fight Devastating Plant Disease

Save the Tomato: Israeli Scientists Fight Devastating Plant Disease

irst observed in southern Israel in 2014, tomato brown rugose fruit virus, also known as TBRFV or ToBRFV, has caused untold damage to tomato plants in recent years and has been detected in Europe, North America and throughout the Middle East. While it does not affect human health, TBRFV causes plants to grow tall and spindly, and to produce yields of roughly 30% less than before contamination.

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