How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Tobacco mosaic virus
Symptoms of tobacco mosaic virus include light green, yellow, or white mottling on leaves that may resemble
symptoms of some nutrient deficiencies. Leaves may be stringy or distorted.
There is no cure for viruses in infected plants. The source of tobacco mosaic can be contaminated seed,
but the virus is usually carried on the hands and clothing of those who use tobacco products. Infected
plants produce edible fruit, but yield, size, and quality are reduced. To prevent virus in the future,
plant resistant varieties. Several precautions can be taken to reduce the mechanical spread of viruses:
Avoid handling plants (plant seed rather than transplants), remove diseased plants, control weeds and
rotate crops, and avoid planting near virus-infected plants. Do not smoke and handle plants or allow
near the garden.
appearance on leaves