Aphid Transmission of Tobacco Mosaic Virus

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Science  20 Jun 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3886, pp. 1407-1408
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3886.1407


Aphids (Myzus persicae Sulz.) can acquire tobacco mosaic virus from tobacco leaves coated with a virus suspension and inoculate it into healthy leaves. Transmission depends on virus concentration, period of acquisition, previous feeding history of the aphids, and time between acquisition and transmission feedings. Aphids whose stylets are cut do not transmit the virus.

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