Encyclopedia of Virology

2nd Edition

Editors: Allan Granoff Robert Webster
Hardcover ISBN: 9780122270307
eBook ISBN: 9780080547978
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th July 1999
Page Count: 2000
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In recent years, progress in the field of virology has advanced at an unprecedented rate. Issues such as AIDS have brought the subject firmly into the public domain and its study is no longer confined solely to specialist groups.
The Encyclopedia of Virology is the largest single reference source of current virological knowledge. It is also the first to bring together all aspects of the subject for a wide variety of readers. Unique in its use of concise 'mini-review' articles, the material covers biological, molecular, and medical topics concerning viruses in animals, plants, bacteria, and insects.

More general articles focus on the effects of viruses on the immune system, the role of viruses in disease, oncology, gene therapy, and evolution, plus a wide range of related topics.

Drawing on the latest research, the editors have produced the definitive source for both specialist and general readers. Easy-to-use and meticulously organized, the Encyclopedia of Virology clarifies and illuminates one of the most complex areas of contemporary study. It will prove an invaluable addition to libraries, universities, medical and nursing schools, and research institutions around the world.

The Second Edition has been thoroughly updated with approximately 40 new articles. This edition includes more illustrations and color plates in each volume.

Key Features

  • Updated thoroughly with approximately 40 new articles
  • Presents more illustrations than the first edition, with color plates in each volume
  • Contains a complete subject index in each volume
  • Provides further reading lists at the end of each entry, allowing easy access to the primary literature
  • Extensive cross-referencing system links all related articles
  • Contains the most recent information of particular viruses described at the 7th International Committee on Taxonomy and Classification of Viruses
  • Provides the ability to search for entries alphabetically or via the taxonomical listings to access articles of different viruses


Animal and plant virologists, medical virologists, microbiologists, immunologists, pathologists, clinicians, health care workers, nurses, researchers and technicians in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, and undergraduate and graduate students in the biological and biomedical sciences

Table of Contents

General Entries: alphabetical listing of entries covering general topics. Virus Entries: alphabetical listing by taxa of entries covering individual viruses. Virus and Taxa Name changes. Contributors. Preface. Acknowledgments.

Forewords: 100 Years of Contributions to Virology. 100 Years of Foot and Mouth Disease.

VOLUME 1 - A-Hep: Adenoviruses (Adenoviridae). African swine fever virus (Asfarviridae). Aleutian mink disease virus See Parvoviruses. Alfamovirus and ilarviruses (Bromoviridae). Algal viruses (Phycodnaviridae). Alpha 3 bacteriophage See Coliphage ØX174 and related phages. Amphibian herpesviruses (Herpesviridae). Antivirals. Apoptosis and virus infection. Archael phages. Arteriviruses (Arteriviridae). Ascoviruses (Ascoviridae). Astroviruses (Astroviridae). Autoimmunity. Avian type C retroviruses (Retroviridae). Baboon herpesvirus See Herpesvirus - baboon and chimpanzee. Bacillus phage Ø29 (Podoviridae).

Bacillus subtilis phages. Bacterial identification - use of phages. Baculoviruses (Baculoviridae). Barnaviruses (Barnaviridae). Benyviruses. BF23 phage See T5-like phage and related phages. Birnaviruses - animal (Birnaviridae). BK virus See JC and BK viruses. Border disease virus See Bovine diarrhea virus and Border disease viru


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About the Editor

Allan Granoff

Dr. Allan Granoff carried out virology research for over 36 years, first at the Public Health Research Institute of New York and then at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he was also Chairman of the Department of Virology & Molecular Biology for 26 years. In 1988, he stepped down from the Chair to devote full-time as Deputy Director of the institution. Since July 1992, he has served as the interim Director of St. Jude. Dr. Granoff is highly published in the areas of influenza virus, paramyxovirus, herpesvirus, and iridovirus research. He has also served on national and international advisory committees and on a number of editorial boards.

Affiliations and Expertise

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Robert Webster

Dr. Robert Webster has worked in the field of Virology for over 30 years, first in New Zealand and then at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Australia. He has spent the past 25 years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Department of Virology & Molecular Biology. In addition to his position as Chairman at St. Jude, Dr. Webster is Director of the U.S. Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization dealing with the ecology of animal influenza viruses. He has served on numerous national and international advisory boards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society. Dr. Webster has published extensively on influenza in areas covering the origin of pandemic strains, genetic variation, structure and function of virus and, in conjunction with Graeme Laver, was responsible for the development of influenza subunit vaccines.

Affiliations and Expertise

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.


"...The organization of the work ensures constant clarity and makes research easier...includes a large number of renowned international scientists as authors...the authors ensure that the content of the work is of very high quality...This book should not be missing from any biomedical facility nor any biological institute... In this context the availability of the online version is very welcome...The price...is very reasonable." --ARZNEIMITTEL-FORSCHUNG (Drug Research)

"No other source that I am aware of allows the reader to look up, in alphabetical organization, virtually any virus of animals, plants, or bacteria." --AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY NEWS

"For a long time there has been a gap in the virological literature... the Encyclopedia of Virology aims to fill this gap and does so admirably." --THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

"I consider this encyclopedia to be a valuable addition to my own virology library. I believe the readership which will most benefit by this work includes basic scientists in virology and microbiology. If clinicians, students, and others need access to this information, they will find it on the shelves of libraries which choose to house this compilation, and I hope that many libraries will make that choice." --HARLEY A. ROTBART, University of Colorado School of Medicine, in ASM NEWS

"Recent advances in virological research have been extraordinary, but the finding of new strains has also kept abreast of them. In June, 1993, a new strain of hantavirus was uncovered in the four-corners area of the U.S. (14 states were found to have had cases in the latest count), leading virologists to scramble to isolate the virus. This was accomplished in November of the same year, when it was found in the excreta of deer mice.
This and many other virus results are reported in the just-published Encyclopedia of Virology. Over 2