[gardeners] Whiteflies/TMV

Byron (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 23 Oct 2001 09:28:28 -0400



In 1998 I did a major web search on TMV,  Cigar, Pipe, and chewing tobaccos
have been TMV disease free for over 35 years, because all varieties planted
are TMV resistant.

In Cigarette tobacco, in 1998 the
amount of diseased crop was 0.237%.   This was primarily from
insect vectoring from infected crop

Odds of a tobacco user spreading TMV to your crops are about Zip.


I would never use tobacco in my garden, I don't even let my good friends who
smoke touch my plants without washing their hands thoroughly!  Tobacco
spreads disease!  Most particularly Tobacco Mosaic Virus.  Ever notice that
nurseries owned by smokers who don't take precautions often have sickly
plants?  You also never know what pesticides and other chemicals have been
applied to tobacco.