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Tobacco Etch Virus symptoms and treatment

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Tobacco Etch Virus (TEV) is caused when infected aphids and other insects come into direct contact with the plant. Difficult to control once found – removal of plants is often the only remedy.

Tabasco Chile plants are particularly susceptible to this disease.

Can also affect perennial weed varieties, these then spread the disease to crops nearby.

Symptoms of Tobacco Etch Virus

  • Dark green vein bands on leaves
  • Distortion and curling of leaves
  • Stunted growth of plant

Remedies for Tobacco Etch Virus

  • Attempt to control aphids and pests around the plant
  • Control weeds around plants to minimise the chance of affected perennial weeds
  • Plant resistant varieties
  • Early detection and removal of infected plants

Tobacco Etch Virus can affect:

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