Plant Virology

5th Edition

Authors: Roger Hull
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123848710
eBook ISBN: 9780123848727
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th December 2013
Page Count: 1118
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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 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; M


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About the Author

Roger Hull

Roger Hull graduated in Botany from Cambridge University in 1960, and subsequently studied plant virus epidemiology at London University’s Wye College, gaining a PhD in 1964. He lectured on agricultural botany there between 1960 and 1965. He was seconded to Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda in 1964 where he taught, and learnt tropical agricultural botany and studied the epidemiology of groundnut rosette disease. By watching aphids land on groundnut plants he gained an understanding of the edge effect of spread of virus into the field. In 1965 Roger Hull joined Roy Markham at the ARC Virus Research Unit in Cambridge, UK where he worked on biophysical and biochemical characterization of a range of viruses, especially Alfalfa mosaic virus. This work continued when he moved to the John Innes Institute, Norwich with Roy Markham in 1968. There Dr Hull became a project leader and deputy head of the Virus Research Department. In 1974 he spent a sabbatical year with Bob Shepherd in the University of California, Davis where he worked on the characterization of cauliflower mosaic virus. There he was introduced to the early stages of molecular biology which changed the direction of his research. On returning to the John Innes Institute he applied a molecular biological approach to the study of cauliflower mosaic virus elucidating that it replicated by reverse transcription, the first plant virus being shown to do so. Involvement with the Rockefeller Rice Biotechnology Program reawakened his interest in tropical agricultural problems and he led a large group studying the viruses of the rice tungro disease complex. He also promoted the use of transgenic technology to the control of virus diseases and was in the forefront in discussing biosafety issues associated with this approach. Moving from rice to bananas (plantains) his group was among those who discovered that the genome of banana streak badnavirus was integrated into the host genome and in certain cultivars was act

Affiliations and Expertise

John Innes Center, Norwich, UK


"...a refreshing addition to the agricultural and plant sciences literature...A summary of information on taxonomy, biological properties, and genome organization of plant viruses in an appendix is especially valuable... Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE Reviews Online,Nov 01 2014

"...this book is still unique, being the most comprehensive survey of classic and modern plant virology."--JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY (August 2005)
"The book is strong in its coverage of recent developments. This is a book for the advanced student and researcher."—Ron Fraser for MICROBIOLOGY TODAY (2002)