Arch Virol (2004) 149: 1259–1263
Report from the 33
Meeting of the ICTV
L. A. Ball
(President, ICTV) and M. A. Mayo
Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham,
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, U.K.
The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses
(ICTV) held its 33
meeting at the Danforth Center in St Louis, U.S.A. from 1–4 of May
Most of the meeting was concerned with taxonomic proposals. These are being considered
by the ICTV membership and the results of those deliberations will be reported in a separate
article in Virology Division News. This communication reports the principal items of business
discussed at the meeting.
The idea had been proposed of having a Newsletter communication sent to all those involved
in ICTV activities. The editor of the Newsletter, Prof. Eric Carstens (elected member), had
produced a draft. The production of such an ICTV Newsletter was thought to be a good idea
and it was proposed that a frequency to aim for would be about one every 6 months. It was
felt that the Newsletter should not be a vehicle for questions, rather it should be for indicating
progress achieved and giving Study Group members and National Members a feeling of what
is happening to taxonomic ideas brought to the EC. The ﬁrst two editions of the Newsletter
were distributed in June 2003 and February 2004.
Proposals were reviewed that were at 2 stages of consideration. Those not seen previously by
the EC consisted of 33 from theVertebrateVirus Subcommittee, 19 from the InvertebrateVirus
Subcommittee, 65 from the PlantVirus Subcommittee, 2 from the FungusVirus Subcommittee
and 4 from the Prokaryote Virus Subcommittee. Those seen once and being considered for
recommendation to the ICTV membership for voting consisted of 28 from the Vertebrate
Virus Subcommittee, 12 from the Plant Virus Subcommittee and 23 from the Prokaryote
A ‘Fast Track’ procedure was designed for the rapid review of taxonomic proposals
whereby non-controversial proposals would be considered in electronic form by EC members
rather than at a regular EC meeting. The procedure was tested in September 2003 for the many
taxonomic proposals stimulated by the imminence of the 8
ICTV Report, and EC member
reactions to the procedure will be discussed at the next EC meeting.