Arch Virol 146/7 (2001)
Virology Division News
Report of the 29th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)
Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, U.K.
The 29th meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of ICTV was held in Washington, D.C.,
USA at the end of April 2001. All but one of the members of the Committee were present.
The topics discussed can be described under 6 headings.
1. Communication with virologists
The 7th Report of ICTV was published in late 2000 . More copies have been sold so far
than was the case for the 6th Report. An “on-line” version has been produced and this will
be sold by Academic Press as part of a “de luxe” edition of the Report. Knowledge of virus
diversity continues to accumulate and it is clear from the volume of taxonomic changes
proposed already that there will be a need for a revision of the 7th Report. An 8th ICTV
Report will be needed and will probably be produced some time after 2002, but the timing
and the method of its production are yet to be decided.
An important channel of communication from ICTV to virologists at large is publica-
tion of articles (such as this one) in the pages of Virology Division News (VDN). ICTV
wishes to get as many as possible of the taxonomic changes introduced by decisions of the
ICTV presented as articles in VDN with some explanatory text.
The Virosphere, is a presentation in diagram form of virus diversity showing the shapes
of the virions of each of the genera of viruses, each arranged by genome type and principal
host. It has been found to be a very useful teaching and explanatory aid. A new edition will
be appearing in the near future.
The procedures of ICTV and the rules concerning its actions are published in the Statutes
 and International Code [1, 3] respectively. Minor changes were proposed at the meeting
and these will be put to the respective parent bodies, namely IUMS Virology Division (for
the Statutes) and the full ICTV membership (for the Code), for decision in the near future.
Revisions will be published in VDN.