Viruses of plants. Descriptions and lists from the VIDE database.
This book is a product of the international VIDE (Virus Identification Data Exchange) project which uses the DELTA (Description Language for TAxonomy) database system to collect diagnostic information on all plant viruses. Information on over 500 characters has been sought from experts for each virus and stored in the VIDE database. Over two-thirds of the characters record the susceptibility, or otherwise, of a range of commonly used test plant species; the remainder represent the great range of other characters used for virus identification. Information on the known natural host range of each virus is also presented. The book covers over 900 viruses, which represents the entire database of plant viruses from around the world. The descriptions of virus species are arranged alphabetically and data summaries for the recognised genera are also provided. Viroids and the many transmissible agents which cause virus-like diseases, but whose infectious particles have not yet been characterized, are excluded. However, the database accession numbers of the genomic sequences of satellite RNAs are included. A list of abbreviations, characters and an index of names, synonyms and acronyms are appended. This book is a standard reference work which will prove indispensable for virologists and plant pathologists.