Virus Taxonomy

VIIIth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses

Edited by

  • Claude Fauquet, ILTAB/Danforth Plant Science Center, University of Missouri, St. Louis, U.S.A.
  • M.A. Mayo, Scottish Crop Institute, Invergowrie, Scotland
  • J. Maniloff, University Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
  • U. Desselberger, Virologie et Immunologie Moleculaires, Yvelines, France
  • L.A. Ball, University of Alabama, Birmingham, U.S.A.

Virus Taxonomy is a standard and comprehensive source for the classification of viruses, created by the International Committee of the Taxonomy of Viruses. The book includes eight taxonomic reports of the ICTV and provides comprehensive information on 3 taxonomic orders of viruses, 73 families, 9 subfamilies, 287 genera, and 1938 virus species. The book also features about 429 colored pictures and diagrams for more efficient learning. The text is divided into four parts, comprised of 16 chapters and presenting the following features: • Compiled data from numerous international experts about virus taxonomy and nomenclature • Organized information on over 6000 recognized viruses, illustrated with diagrams of genome organization and virus replication cycle • Data on the phylogenetic relationships among viruses of the same and different taxa • Discussion of the qualitative and quantitative relationships of virus sequences The book is a definitive reference for microbiologists, molecular biologists, research-level virologists, infectious disease specialists, and pharmaceutical researchers working on antiviral agents. Students and novices in taxonomy and nomenclature will also find this text useful.
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Research level virologists, microbiologists, molecular biologists, infectious disease specialists and those in the pharma sector working on antivirals


Book information

  • Published: July 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-249951-7


" represents an absolute necessity for those dealing with new, so far undiscovered viruses and attempting to classify them within the exsisting taxonomic system." - ACTA VIROLOGICA (2005) "...will be of interest to almost anyone who researches any aspect of virology, uses viruses as tools or, indeed sufferse from virus infection, in order to view their particular virus in the larger context. ...I am confident that my new copy of the Eighth Edition will one day become as dog-eared with frequent use by myself and colleagues as my old Sixth Edition mst certainly has become." - Hugh J. Filed for ANTIVIRAL CHEMISTRY AND CHEMOTHERAPY (2005)

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction to Universal Virus Taxonomy

Part II: The Viruses

A Glossary of Abbreviations and Terms

Taxa Listed by Nucleic Acid and Size of the Genome

The Virus Diagrams

The Virus Particle Structures

The Order of Presentation of the Viruses

The Double Stranded DNA Viruses

The Single Stranded DNA Viruses

The DNA and RNA Reverse Transcribing Viruses

The Double Stranded RNA Viruses

The Negative Sense Single Stranded RNA Viruses

The Positive Sense Single Stranded RNA Viruses

The Unassigned Viruses

The Subviral Agents



Vertebrate Prions

Fungal Prions

Part III: The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses

Officers and Members of the ICTV, 1999-2002

The Statutes of the ICTV, 1998

The Code of Virus Classification and Nomenclature, 1998

Part IV: Indexes

Virus Index

Taxonomic Index