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WIN THE BATTLE against Rugose
WIN THE HEARTS of your customers

Tomato brown Rugose virus (ToBRFV), also called Rugose, was detected for the first time in Jordan in 2015 and, since then, it has spread to many of the main tomato production areas worldwide. In most countries in Europe and North-America ToBRFV has become a constant and established threat, and there are only a few countries where it is not present, f.e. in Australia and Brazil.


From the early start of the Rugose (ToBRFV) outbreak, BASF has actively sought and offered solutions to growers in battling this virus together. Since providing resistant tomato varieties in 2020, new launches with resistant against ToBRFV are continuously being tested and will become commercial in 2023. These will cover growers’ and market needs even better than before.

The use of resistant varieties combined with hygiene protocols will guarantee a sustainable solution, not only for the grower but also for the supply chain in tomato.

FLAVOR for your customers. FIGHT for you.

The Nunhems® portfolio currently offers a range of ToBRFV-resistant tomato varieties. They all meet the requirements of the different levels of the agri-food value chain. Despite their vitality, productivity and plant health, Nunhems® Rugose resistant varieties do not compromise on crucial aspects such as flavor, color or visual appearance that more than meet todays market demands. Nunhems® Rugose resistant varieties deliver the quality and flavor your customer wants and the Rugose resistance you need. Sometimes you can have it all.

BASF will continue to introduce new varieties with ToBRFV resistance in different segments that meet the needs of the different growing regions around the world, so together we can win the battle against Rugose.

Introduction to ToBRFV resistance tomato variety

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Tech sheets

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The virus can attack any stage or productive part of the crop. Young leaves are often the first to show symptoms where they begin: discoloration, spotting, wrinkled green areas, and wilting.

As for the fruit, discolorations also appear and the interior of the tomato has a dehydrated appearance, which causes the commercial purpose of these fruits.


This virus can enter crops via primary sources of inoculum such as: 

  • Use of infected seed or seedlings 
  • Grafts 
  • Contaminated fruit that has been harvested and stored  
  • Various types of containers used for storing and transporting fruit or germinating seedlings 

Its spread can subsequently be encouraged by secondary inoculation mechanisms:

  • Continuous transfer and contact between one plant and another during plant handling and processing activities in the greenhouse
  • Use of contaminated tools
  • Unchecked movements of persons on the farm
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Disinfection and prevention tasks will be a fundamental part of dealing with the Rugose virus. Carrying out preventive guidelines with our crop can help avoid contamination or the spreading of the virus within your own production.

To do this, follow the prevention tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

With this document, you will be able to solve some of the most frequent doubts regarding the Rugose virus. As BASF, we want to offer answers to questions and doubts that you might have around this virus.
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