Staying updated with ToBRFV

Scroll down to find some valuable information on the Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) and the efforts we take to provide you healthy seeds.

SHIELD: Proactive Protection for Every Seed

Quality is a customer expectation and a Bayer promise. That’s why we developed SHIELD—a comprehensive approach to deliver healthy seeds season after season. For over 10 years, SHIELD has focused on the prevention, detection and elimination of pathogens at Bayer production and processing sites, as well as third party production and processing sites for Seminis and De Ruiter.

Bayer Vegetable Seeds in Peru

The Ica facility in Peru is a home farm for Bayer and has been owned and operated since 1997, allowing for direct long-term oversight of employees, production and safety practices for more than 20 years. 

We understand the uncertainty in the industry today, and we want to share with you why Bayer’s Peru location is an important and reliable source for seed.

Cultivation Insight: Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

A new viral disease of tomatoes, first observed in Israel in 2014, has since been detected in Europe, the Middle-East, and North America. No common, commercial tomato varieties are known to be resistant to the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus. Preventing the spread of the virus is currently the best means of managing the disease.

Available Online Webinars

We were proud to sponsor two webinars hosted by Greenhouse Canada. Check them out:

April 28: Keeping out the Rugose
Since its first sighting in 2014, ToBRFV has been found in different parts of the world. Learn about its symptoms and pathways for transmission. Take these preventative measures and enhance the biosecurity of your greenhouse.

Speaker: Cara McCreary, Greenhouse vegetable IPM specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

April 29: Dealing with Rugose at the border

With cases of the ToBRFV appearing in different countries across the globe, regulatory agencies are trying to limit its spread. Hear about the impacts of ToBRFV on US and Canadian growers, with particular emphasis on the US Federal Order introduced last November.

Speaker: Michael Bledsoe, PhD, Vice President, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Village Farms