How do I know if my plant has mosaic virus?
Mosaic symptoms are variable but commonly include irregular leaf mottling (light and dark green or yellow patches or streaks). Leaves are commonly stunted, curled, or puckered; veins may be lighter than normal or banded with dark green or yellow.
Does mosaic virus stay in soil?
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. The occurrence of this virus is erratic and unpredictable; consequently, control of this disease can be difficult.
How do I get rid of mosaic virus in my garden?
There is NO CURE for the Mosaic Virus. Once it infects a plant, there is no saving it. Your best course of action is to remove the entire plant completely, and destroy it. Be sure to clean and disinfect any garden tools used during the clean-out.
Can you eat a watermelon 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.
How do you test for tobacco mosaic virus?
It has been reported that TMV could cause severe production loss and affect the quality of tobacco products1. Currently, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) are the most commonly used methods to detect TMV in plants2.
Is it safe to eat squash with mosaic virus?
Are squash and melons affected by mosaic virus safe to eat? “Yes,” says Nebraska Food Safety Educator Carol Larvick, citing information from Minnesota Extension. “These viruses are specific to plants and do not harm humans.
Can humans get tobacco mosaic virus?
Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), a widespread plant pathogen, is found in tobacco (including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) as well as in many other plants. Plant viruses do not replicate or cause infection in humans or other mammals.
Is mosaic virus bad?
More than likely, it’s the result of a mosaic virus. Viruses cause many important plant diseases and are responsible for huge losses in crop production and quality in all parts of the world. There are over 2000 known viruses and about one-fourth cause disease in plants.