What plants can get mosaic virus?
Mosaic viruses affect a wide range of edible crops – alfalfa, apples, beans, celery, corn, cucumbers, figs, peppers, spinach, tobacco and tomatoes are some of the more common ones. They can also infect ornamental plants like abultilon, delphinium, gladiola, marigold, petunia and one of the most notable, roses.
Can tomatoes get cucumber mosaic virus?
Tomatoes infected with the cucumber mosaic virus develop a slight yellowing and mottling of the older leaves. Expanding leaves typically become twisted, curl downward, and develop a “shoestring” appearance as a result of a restriction of the leaf surface to a narrow band around the midrib of the leaf.
Is it safe to eat tomatoes with virus?
“Don’t be tempted to can or preserve infected tomatoes,” says Ingham. “The virus can cause changes in the acidity of tomato fruit which is critical in safely preserving tomatoes. However, unblemished tomatoes can safely be canned, or even frozen,” she says.
Can you eat cucumbers with mosaic virus?
Yes, you can eat squash and melons that are infected with mosaic virus. These viruses are not harmful to humans and do not cause the fruit to rot. Often the discoloration is only skin deep. In cases where fruit are severely distorted, the texture of the fruit may be affected and may not be desirable for eating.
What does mosaic virus do?
There are many viruses that can infect tomatoes. They are often capable of infecting many other species of plants as well. For example, tomato mosaic virus most often infects tomatoes, but can also infect pepper, potato, apple, pear, cherry and numerous weeds, including pigweed and lamb’s quarters.
How do I know if my cucumber has a virus?
Virus-infected leaves often have a mottling or mosaic pattern in shades of green and yellow. This mosaic can be very distinct and obvious, or subtle. Leaves are often distorted or deformed. They may be puckered, cupped under, have deep lobes, or appear thin and string-like.
How do you stop cucumber mosaic virus?
- Purchase virus-free plants.
- Maintain strict aphid control.
- Remove all weeds since these may harbor both CMV and aphids.
- Immediately set aside plants with the above symptoms and obtain a diagnosis.
- Discard virus infected plants.
- Disinfest tools used for vegetative propagation frequently.