Here are tips on how to identify, control, and prevent mosaic viruses on a variety of plants.
What Are Mosaic Viruses?
This virus infects more than 150 types of plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. It is characterized by leaves mottled with yellow, white, and light and dark green spots or streaks. Some of the most commonly infected plants include tomatoes, squashes, cauliflower, and cucumbers.
Cucumber mosaic virus is one of the most common types of mosaic viruses, and it is usually spread by aphids. As can be inferred from its name, cucumber mosaic virus often affects cucumbers, but it is also a common problem for tomatoes, melons, squashes, and other plants.
Tobacco mosaic virus spreads through seeds and direct contact, and the best way to avoid it is to grow resistant varieties.