Can you eat vegetables with mosaic virus?

Are cucumbers affected by mosaic virus?

All of the mosaic viruses can infect all of the cucurbit crops including melon, cucumber, pumpkin, summer and winter squash. In addition, many of the mosaic viruses can also infect common weeds.

Is mosaic virus harmful to plants?

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.

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.

How do you treat cucumber mosaic virus?

There are no chemicals that cure a CMV-infected plant, nor any that protect plants from becoming infected.

  1. Purchase virus-free plants.
  2. Maintain strict aphid control.
  3. Remove all weeds since these may harbor both CMV and aphids.
  4. Immediately set aside plants with the above symptoms and obtain a diagnosis.

Where does cucumber mosaic virus come from?

CMV is mainly transmitted by aphids, but it can also be mechanically spread by humans in some cases. However, the mechanically spreading of this virus is not as common as the case of other virus (such as Tobacco Mosaic Virus, TMV), because CMV is not a very stable virus.

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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.

What is the host of cucumber mosaic virus?

It has a host range of more than 1,200 species, and is transmitted by many species of aphids, as well as cucumber beetles. Vegetable hosts include carrot, celery, cucurbits, legumes, lettuce, onion, pepper, spinach, tomato, and rarely potato. Many woody and non-woody ornamentals are also hosts.