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Tobacco Etch


Tobacco Etch


Entire plant


Terminal foliage exhibiting upward cupping of leaflets, petioles of these leaves turn downward; leaflets with a mild mottling and some vein clearing but no necrosis; plants stunted without fruit symptoms.

Pathogen Spread

Aphid-transmitted from abandoned infected crops or infected solanaceous weed hosts.

Favorable Conditions

Cool winter seasons, with abundant aphid flights.

Tobacco Etch Picture

Tobacco etch virus
Image # 139
Tobacco etch virus-
Severe distortion evident (courtesy T. A. Zitter).