Imagine a future where Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) in Petunia is a worry of the past.

Intrinsa® breeding with Petunias – Your best defense against TMV comes from the plant power within.  


The Pain

Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) is a highly transmittable virus that commonly infects Solanaceous plants, a plant family that includes many species such as petunias, calibrachoas, and tomatoes.  Symptoms may appear as necrotic lesions on leaves or stems, yellow mosaic pattern with lighter color veins, leaf distortion and flower break. TMV is spread easily by mechanical means; routine work activity is usually the culprit. It can also be spread by root or foliage contact.  The virus is very persistent. It can be infective as long as 8 years on bench tops and 50 years in dried plant material.  Outbreaks in our industry occur regularly and cause significant losses for growers and retailers.


The Gain

Intrinsa® from Dümmen Orange brings varieties to the market using the science of advanced breeding where the desired approach for developing improved performance on high disease resistance is identified. As a result of this breeding approach, the Intrinsa® collection of petunias now offers you a natural defense against TMV infections from the plant power within. Resistant varieties do not show any symptoms or have buildup of the virus inside the plant*.

Resistance to TMV is the first Intrinsa® trait in petunia, and the first step towards more sustainable petunia production.

Look for the Intrinsa® icon to identify worry-free varieties for a more sustainable and economically protected future. From farm to grower to retailer to gardener, Intrinsa® petunias remain TMV resistant and look great.  Better assurance in production and more reliability in the supply chain means greater security for the bottom line.