Is mosaic virus contagious?

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Which 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.

Is mosaic virus harmful to humans?

“These viruses are specific to plants and do not harm humans. The presence of mosaic won’t cause fruits to rot prematurely but severely distorted fruit will have a different texture, so use your own judgement.”

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.

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.

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What are the symptoms of tobacco mosaic virus?

Symptoms associated with TMV infections:

  • stunting.
  • mosaic pattern of light and dark green (or yellow and green) on the leaves.
  • malformation of leaves or growing points.
  • yellow streaking of leaves (especially monocots)
  • yellow spotting on leaves.
  • distinct yellowing only of veins.

Can plant viruses jump to humans?

It is currently accepted that a strict separation exists between plant and vertebrate viruses regarding their host range and pathogenicity, and plant viruses are believed to infect only plants. Accordingly, plant viruses are not considered to present potential pathogenicity to humans and other vertebrates.

Does mosaic virus stay in the soil?

CMV can be transmitted mechanically by sap and by more than 60 different aphid species. The virus often appears following cool conditions that favor aphid flights. Unlike TMV (tobacco mosaic virus), CMV is not seedborne in tomato and does not persist in plant debris in the soil or on workers’ hands or clothing.

Can peppers get mosaic virus?

Mosaic is a viral disease that affects quality and reduces yield in a wide variety of plants, including sweet and hot peppers. Once infection occurs, there are no cures for mosaic virus on pepper plants, which is spread by pests. Even fungicides are of no use against pepper mosaic virus.