Can animal viruses infect plants?

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Updated: 30th June 2020

Humans, and more generally animals, are exposed daily to these viruses, among which several are extremely stable. It is currently accepted that a strict separation exists between plant and vertebrate viruses regarding their host range and pathogenicity, and plant viruses are believed to infect only plants.

Keeping this in consideration, can animal viruses infect humans?

Humans cannot be infected by plant or insect viruses, but they are susceptible to infections with viruses from other vertebrates. These are called viral zoonoses or zoonotic infections. Examples include, rabies, yellow fever and pappataci fever.

Additionally, can humans get diseases from plants?

In most cases, the answer is no. The fungi, bacteria, viruses, and nematodes that cause disease in plants are very different from those that cause disease in humans and other animals. Eating or touching infected plants or their parts would not likely infect us with the same pathogen that is making the plant sick.

Where did Ebola come from?

Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then, the virus has been infecting people from time to time, leading to outbreaks in several African countries.

Do plants get cancer?

A. “Plants don't get cancer like animals do,” said Susan K. Pell, director of science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, “and the tumors they do get do not metastasize because plant cells don't move around.” Rather, they are held in place by cell walls. The resulting growths are visible on trees in Brooklyn and elsewhere.
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