Arch Virol (2003) 148: 1235–1246 DOI 10.1007/s00705-003-0129-2 Virus nomenclature; continuing topicality L. Bos Plant Research International WUR, Wageningen, The Netherlands Received February 6, 2003; accepted April 2, 2003 Published online June 5, 2003 c Springer-Verlag 2003 The ICTV decisions to write ofﬁcial virus names (a) as mere mononomials and (b) to italicize them in toto  (e.g., Tobacco mosaic virus and Murray River encephalitis virus) and not to use italics for the names of viruses that have not yet been recognized by ICTV (e.g., Holcus lanatus yellowing virus), have been criticized in detail in these Archives [2, 4, 5, 11]. Meanwhile one of the secretaries of ICTV has reported  that a ballot held during the 2002 International Congress of Virology in Paris showed an 80% in favour of (re)turning to the non-latinized binomial names (such as bean yellow mosaic potyvirus or Bean yellow mosaic potyvirus) earlier discouraged by ICTV . The ICTV Study Groups and Subcommittees were requested to consider the implications of such a reversal . In an earlier reaction, Van Regenmortel [25, 26], then President of the ICTV, had already aired the feasibility of a return to non-latinized binomials or their ofﬁcial acceptance, and this
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