Breakthrough in Battle Against Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

TomaTech, Ltd., announces a major advancement in the fight against the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), which has caused significant economic damage to the crop since 2014.


“Following years of intensive research and development efforts, TomaTech has succeeded in identifying DNA markers that elicit resistance to ToBRFV,” says Ofer Ben Zvi, CEO of TomaTech. “This discovery will allow us to rapidly develop a complete portfolio of resistant tomato varieties for global introduction and will benefit the growers and the entire value chain, providing a consistent supply chain while lowering production costs.”

TomaTech is currently in the process of filing for a provisional patent for identifying the DNA markers correlated to its resistant traits. TomaTech reports that this will accelerate the breeding and commercialization of high resistance non-GMO tomato varieties.

“The ability to find strong resistance as well as identify DNA markers, protecting our IP through submission of a provisional patent application, demonstrates TomaTech’s capabilities to position itself at the front line in the research and breeding of the tomatoes varieties for the global market,” says Favi Vidavski, President and Head of Research and Development at TomaTech.

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ToBRFV has wreaked havoc on indoor tomato production. It affects a broad spectrum of tomatoes, from sweet cherry lines to full-sized beefsteak tomatoes. The damages caused by the virus are estimated to have cost billions of dollars globally.

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