Tomato disease hits Spain
Spanish tomato growers are suffering from an outbreak of tomato leaf curl virus on their crops, the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) says. The epidemic has hit the major fruit and vegetable growing region of Almeria in the south of the country, affecting 20-50% of one valley area. The ISID believes control of the whiteflies ( Bemisia tabaci) vector is most important, but that such control “causes problems of chemical residues on the fruit and is extremely difficult in open field situations”. It cautions on the widespread presence and wide host range of the vector. Some 200 ha of crops have been uprooted. A dispute among growers and seed suppliers has erupted over allegations of false claims of virus resistance in the products.