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The first symptom of TEV infection is a pronounced vein clearing on expanding leaves. This is followed by necrosis of a thin line of tissue along the veins, resulting in an etched pattern. Subsequently, young leaves develop a mosaic which fades to mottling as the leaf ages. Etching and more pronounced veinal necrosis is common. Plant growth is retarded, resulting in stunting, especially when young plants are infected. The virus overwinters in perennial solanaceous weeds and is transmitted to tobacco by migrating aphids. TEV often occurs in combination with other aphid-borne viruses. Tobacco etch is one of the most common virus diseases of burley.
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Kingdom: Viruses
Phylum: Viruses
Class: Single-stranded, positive-sense, RNA (Group IV)
Order: Unassigned single stranded positive-sense RNA viruses
Family: Potyviridae
Genus: Potyvirus
Subject: Potyvirus TEV


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Wednesday, February 9, 2011