Plant Virology

Plant Virology

5th Edition - October 31, 2013

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  • Author: Roger Hull
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123848710
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123848727

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The seminal text Plant Virology is now in its fifth edition. It has been 10 years since the publication of the fourth edition, during which there has been an explosion of conceptual and factual advances. The fifth edition of Plant Virology updates and revises many details of the previous edition while retaining the important earlier results that constitute the field's conceptual foundation. Revamped art, along with fully updated references and increased focus on molecular biology, transgenic resistance, aphid transmission, and new, cutting-edge topics, bring the volume up to date and maintain its value as an essential reference for researchers and students in the field.

Key Features

  • Thumbnail sketches of each genera and family groups
  • Genome maps of all genera for which they are known
  • Genetic engineered resistance strategies for virus disease control
  • Latest understanding of virus interactions with plants, including gene silencing
  • Interactions between viruses and insect, fungal, and nematode vectors
  • Contains over 300 full-color illustrations


Researchers and students in plant virology and pathology, as well as other branches of virology (animal, bacterial, etc.).

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Preface of the Fourth Edition

    About the Author

    List of Abbreviations

    Section I: Introduction

    Chapter 1. Introduction


    I Historical (reviewed by van der Want and Dijkstra, 2006)

    II Definition of a Virus

    III Viruses and Koch’s Postulates

    IV This Edition


    Chapter 2. Plant Viruses and Their Classification


    I Classification of Viruses

    II Criteria Used for Classifying Viruses

    III Strains of Viruses

    IV Criteria for the Recognition of Strains and Species

    V Correlations Between Criteria for Characterizing Viruses and Virus Strains

    VI Viruses of Gymnosperms, Pteridophytes, Algae, and Fungi

    VII Plant Virus Purification


    Chapter 3. Architecture and Assembly of Virus Particles


    I Methods

    II Architecture of Rod-Shaped Viruses

    III Assembly of Rod-Shaped Viruses

    IV Architecture of Isometric Viruses

    V Small Icosahedral Viruses

    VI More Complex Isometric Viruses

    VII Enveloped Viruses

    VIII Discussion


    Chapter 4. Symptoms and Host Range


    I Disease Symptoms and Host Range

    II Economic Losses Due to Plant Viruses (reviewed by Waterworth and Hadidid, 1998; Strange and Scott, 2005)

    III Macroscopic Symptoms

    IV Histological Changes

    V Cytological Effects

    VI The Host Range of Viruses

    VII Factors Influencing the Course of Infection and Disease

    VIII Processes Involved in Symptom Induction

    IX Influence of Other Agents on Symptom Production


    Chapter 5. Agents Resembling or Altering Virus Diseases


    I Viroids

    II Satellite Viruses and Satellite RNAs (SatRNA)


    Section II: Virus-Plant-Vector; Molecular Mechanisms and Interactions

    Chapter 6. Genome Composition, Organization, and Expression


    I Genome Composition and Organization

    II Plant Viral Genome Organization

    III Virus Entry and Uncoating

    IV Plant Viral Genome Expression Strategies

    V Strategies of Positive-Sense ssRNA Viruses

    VI Negative-Sense Single- Stranded RNA Viruses (reviewed by Kormelink et al., 2011)

    VII Double-Stranded RNA Viruses

    VIII DNA Viruses

    IX Discussion


    Chapter 7. Replication of Plant Viruses


    I Cellular Compartments Involved in Replication

    II Methods for Studying Viral Replication

    III Host Functions Used by Plant Viruses

    IV Replication of Positive-Sense Single-Stranded RNA Viruses

    V Replication of Negative-Sense Single-Stranded RNA Viruses

    VI Replication of Double-Stranded RNA Viruses

    VII Replication of Reverse Transcribing Viruses

    VIII Replication of Single-Stranded DNA Viruses

    IX Mutation and Recombination

    X Mixed Virus Assembly

    XI Discussion


    Chapter 8. Origins and Evolution of Plant Viruses


    I Origins of Plant Viruses, Viroids, and Satellites

    II Basics of Evolution of Plant Viruses

    III Sources of Variation in Plant Viruses

    IV Variation and Virus Evolution

    V Selection Pressures for Evolution

    VI Discussion and Summary

    VII Coevolution of Viruses with Their Hosts and Vectors

    VIII Evidence for Evolution of Viruses

    IX General Discussion and Summary


    Chapter 9. Virus–Plant Interactions: RNA Silencing


    I Mechanism of RNA Silencing

    II Plant Viruses and Silencing Pathways (reviewed by Csorba et al., 2009, Ding, 2010, and Zhu and Guo, 2012)

    III Systemic Silencing (reviewed by Carr et al., 2010; Hyun et al., 2011; Parent et al., 2012)

    IV Suppression of RNA Silencing

    V Effects of Silencing and Suppression on Plant Virus Disease

    VI Discussion


    Chapter 10. Movement of Viruses Within Plants


    I Virus Movement in Plants

    II Cell-to-Cell Movement

    III Intracellular Transport

    IV Intercellular Transport

    V Long-Distance Movement

    VI Discussion


    Chapter 11. Virus–Plant Interactions in Non-Permissive and Permissive Hosts


    I Definitions and Terminology of Host Responses to Inoculation

    II Resistance to Plant Viruses

    III Dominant Resistance

    IV Recessive Resistance (reviewed by Caranta and Dogimont, 2008; Truniger and Aranda, 2009; Le Gall et al., 2011)

    V Steps in the Induction of Disease

    VI Effects on Plant Metabolism

    VII General Discussion


    Chapter 12. Plant to Plant Movement


    I Invertebrate Vectors

    II Properties of Invertebrates Relating to Virus Transmission

    III Virus–Vector Interactions—Arthropods

    IV Virus–Vector Interactions—Nematodes

    V Transmission of Viruses by Fungi and Protists (reviewed by Rochon et al., 2004)

    VI Discussion and Summary of Transmission by Biological Vectors

    VII Transmission by Direct Passage in Living Higher Plant Material


    Section III: Applied Aspects

    Chapter 13. Assay, Detection, and Diagnosis of Plant Viruses


    I Methods Involving Biological Activities of the Virus

    II Methods Depending on Physical Properties of the Virus Particle

    III Methods Depending on Properties of Viral Proteins

    IV Methods Involving Properties of the Viral Nucleic Acid

    V Decision Making on Diagnosis

    VI Discussion and Summary


    Chapter 14. Ecology, Epidemiology, and Control of Plant Viruses


    I Ecology and Epidemiology

    II Aspects of Epidemiology

    III Control of Plant Viruses by Avoidance and Vector Control (reviewed by Jones, 2006; Thresh, 2006b)

    IV Control by Protecting the Plant from Systemic Disease

    V Discussion


    Chapter 15. Plant Viruses and Technology


    I Transgenic Protection Against Plant Viruses

    II Discussion and Conclusions on Transgenic Protection

    III Uses of Plant Viruses in Plant Molecular Biology

    IV Uses of Plant Viruses in Industry


    Section IV: Plant Virus Viromics

    Chapter 16. Plant Virus Viromics: Involvement of Genomes of Three Organisms—Virus, Host, and Vector


    I Introduction

    II The Virus

    III The Host

    IV The Vector

    V Virus–Host Interactions

    VI Virus–Vector and Vector–Host Interactions

    VII Virus–Vector–Host Interactions


    Appendix A. Profiles of Families and Genera of Plant Viruses

    Family: Geminiviridae

    Family: Nanoviridae

    Family: Caulimoviridae

    Family: Metaviridae

    Family: Pseudoviridae

    Family: Endornaviridae

    Family: Partitiviridae

    Family: Reoviridae

    Family: Rhabdoviridae

    Family: Bunyaviridae

    Order: Picornavirales Family: Secoviridae

    Family: Secoviridae: Other Genera

    Order: Tymovirales Family: Alphaflexiviridae

    Family: Betaflexiviridae

    Family: Tymoviridae

    Family: Bromoviridae

    Family: Closteroviridae

    Family: Luteoviridae

    Family: Potyviridae

    Family: Tombusviridae

    Family: Virgaviridae

    Family: Unassigned

    Appendix B. Plant Virus Biological Properties

    Appendix C. Plant Virus Genomes

    Appendix D. List of Plant Virus Names in Alphabetical Order and Their Abbreviations That Are Used in the Ninth ICTV Report


Product details

  • No. of pages: 1118
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: October 31, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123848710
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123848727

About the Author

Roger Hull

Roger Hull
Roger Hull graduated in botany from Cambridge University and undertook his graduate studies in plant virus diagnostics and epidemiology at London University. He lectured on agricultural botany there and at Makerere University in Uganda. In 1965 he moved to fundamental studies of plant viruses, first at Cambridge in the United Kingdom and then at the John Innes Institute (now Centre) in Norwich. He spent a sabbatical year (1974) at University of California, Davis, where he learnt the fundamentals of the newly developing molecular biology technology. He applied to this to plant virus characterisation, diagnostics and virus control, especially in tropical crops such as rice and plantain bananas. He retired in 1997 but continued research, lecturing and book writing. Dr Hull was an honorary professor at University of East Anglia in the UK and Peking and Fudan Universities in China, a Doctoris Honoris Causa at the University of Perpignan in France, and a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers on plant virology and more than 40 reviews in scientific journals, and has authored five books. In retirement Roger Hull also became involved in promoting the uptake of transgenic technology by developing countries as one approach to alleviating food insecurity. He was on the International faculty of the e-learning diploma course training decision makers, mainly in developing countries, in plant biotechnology regulation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Retired from John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom

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  • Laura T. Tue Nov 05 2019

    Plant Virology


  • NuriaFontdevila Wed Jun 26 2019

    Very good book.

    Very good book.