Re: Re tobacco-mosaic-virus

Jeffrey Michael Stein (
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 19:37:50 -0400 (EDT)

> Would saturating the tobacco with 97% ethanol prior to soaking the tobacco
> kill the mosaic-virus? I think that this could possibly eliminate the
> risk of contamination, and make this form of pest controll safer.
> Mario Schmiedel
> Canada
I would assume that EtOH is only useful when applied to living organisms
such as bacteria. I don't think that it has much effect upon the
compounds that comprise a virus. Therefor, it's probably wise to just
stay away from using tobacco. I believe someone mentioned that a
synthesized (or purified) form of nicotine was available for commercial