Is tobacco mosaic virus a disease?
Although it was known from the late 19th century that a non-bacterial infectious disease was damaging tobacco crops, it was not until 1930 that the infectious agent was determined to be a virus. It is the first pathogen identified as a virus.
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Does tobacco mosaic virus affect humans?
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.
What causes mosaic virus?
Mosaic symptoms may be masked or latent, especially at temperatures above 27 °C (81 °F), and are sometimes confused with nutrient deficiency or herbicide injury. The causal viruses are spread by aphids and other insects, mites, fungi, nematodes, and contact; pollen and seeds can carry the infection as well.
Can adenovirus infect humans?
More than 50 types of immunologically distinct adenoviruses can cause infections in humans. Adenoviruses are relatively resistant to common disinfectants and can be detected on surfaces, such as doorknobs, objects, and water of swimming pools and small lakes. Adenoviruses most commonly cause respiratory illness.
Is TMV a fungal disease?
The tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) infects tobacco plants and other closely related species, such as tomatoes and peppers. TMV is transmitted by contact between plants, either naturally or on the hands of farmers or contaminated clothes or tools.
Is watermelon mosaic virus harmful to humans?
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.