tobacco mosaic virus


: a single-stranded RNA virus (species Tobacco mosaic virus of the genus Tobamovirus) that occurs worldwide and causes mosaic disease in plants (such as tobacco and tomato) especially of the nightshade family

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Recent Examples on the Web From the story of tobacco mosaic virus, which gave us the idea that something even smaller than bacteria could be a pathogen, to the discovery that the number of viruses in the ocean exceeds the number of stars in the universe by 7 orders of magnitude. The Intersection, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2011 That something, now called the tobacco mosaic virus, appears on this page (magnified and colorized). Jocelyn Rice, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2010 But their pioneering work on tobacco mosaic virus opened the door to a century of research that has revealed a diverse range of viral structures and strategies for survival. Theresa MacHemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2020 Scientists were only first able to visualize a virus, the tobacco mosaic virus, after the 1931 invention of the electron microscope. Jonathan Runstadler, Scientific American, 11 Mar. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tobacco mosaic virus was in 1914

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