Developments in plant virus taxonomy since the publication of the 6th ICTV Report

Developments in plant virus taxonomy since the publication of the 6th ICTV Report Virology Division News 1659 Arch Virol 144/8 (1999) Virology Division News VDN Developments in plant virus taxonomy since the publication of the 6th ICTV Report M. A. Mayo Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, U.K. 1. Introduction The publication of the 6th ICTV Report [5] marked a significant shift in the way in which plant viruses were classified. Prior to this publication, most plant viruses were placed in one of 33 “Groups”, or in a few instances, into genera in families largely characterised by viruses of vertebrate or invertebrate animals [1]. In the 1995 classification, 41 new genera were recognised, of which 19 were classified into 7 new families. An unusual feature of this classification was that 22 genera were described that were not classified in families. These were unassigned genera, sometimes referred to as “floating” [3]. This shortened classifica- tion is now recognised in the International Code of Nomenclature and Taxonomy of Viruses [3] as being an intrinsic, if idiosynchratic, feature of virus classification. There has been substantial taxonomic activity since the publication of Murphy et al. [5] that has been outlined by Pringle [6, 7] and reviewed by Martelli [2] and Mayo and Pringle [4]. There have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Virology Springer Journals

Developments in plant virus taxonomy since the publication of the 6th ICTV Report

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Legacy
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0304-8608
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10.1007/s007050050620
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