Top 10 Plant Viruses

20th Nov 2011

What are the top 10 most important plant viruses?

Until now, no such list existed. In a recent review in Molecular Plant Pathology, the British Scoiety for Plant Pathology surveyed plant virologists and asked them to nominate which plant viruses they would place in a 'Top 10' based on scientific/economic importance. The survey generated more than 250 votes from the international community, and allowed the generation of a Top 10 plant virus list for Molecular Plant Pathology. The Top 10 list includes, in rank order, (1) Tobacco mosaic virus, (2) Tomato spotted wilt virus, (3) Tomato yellow leaf curl virus, (4) Cucumber mosaic virus, (5) Potato virus Y, (6) Cauliflower mosaic virus, (7) African cassava mosaic virus, (8) Plum pox virus, (9) Brome mosaic virus and (10) Potato virus X, with honourable mentions for viruses just missing out on the Top 10, including Citrus tristeza virus, Barley yellow dwarf virus, Potato leafroll virus and Tomato bushy stunt virus. This review article presents a short review on each virus of the Top 10 list and its importance, with the intent of initiating discussion and debate amongst the plant virology community, as well as laying down a benchmark, as it will be interesting to see in future years how perceptions change and which viruses enter and leave the Top 10.
 
Molecular Plant Pathology is a journal of the British Society for Plant Pathology, and the article can be freely downloaded at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1364-3703.2011.00752.x/abst...

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