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Tobacco mosaic virus Is Transmissible from Tomato to Tomato by Pollinating Bumblebees

Tobacco mosaic virus

(TMV) was detected by ELISA, electron microscopy and/or bioassay from bumblebee (Bumbus terrestris), pollen clumps, nest materials and bee-visited anthers of flowers from greenhouses in which tomatoes had been pollinated by bees and were severely infected with TMV. Experimental bee-mediated transmission of TMV in greenhouse tomatoes demonstrated that the bumblebees transported TMV from plant to plant and that they spread the virus in greenhouses. This is the first report describing TMV transmission by bumblebees.

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Received 11 August 1999/ Accepted in revised form 30 September 1999

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OKADA, K., KUSAKARI, Si., KAWARATANI, M. et al. Tobacco mosaic virus Is Transmissible from Tomato to Tomato by Pollinating Bumblebees. J Gen Plant Pathol 66, 71–74 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/PL00012924

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  • Keywords: Tobacco mosaic virus, bumblebee, transmission, tomato.