Here are the characteristics of the virus below so that you can stop it before it is too late
- Attacks many plants, including tomato, eggplant, tobacco, petunia, marigold, and marijuana.
- Infection causes light and dark green mottled areas on the leaves.
- mottling seen easily if affected plant surface is partially shaded.
- Stunting of young plants, distortion ,fern-like appearance of leaves.
- Older leaves curl downward and slightly distorted.
- Certain strains of the virus can cause mottling, streaking and necrosis of the buds.
- Infected plants are not killed, but they produce poor quality buds and low yields. Infected plants should be removed immediately.
- Tobacco mosaic is very stable and can persist in soil, plant debris, on or in the seed coat, and in manufactured tobacco products.
- The virus is transmitted from plant to plant mechanically.
- Aphids, no,though certain chewing insects transmit the pathogen.
- The use of tobacco products during cultural practices should be avoided to prevent inoculation of plants with the tobacco mosaic virus.