Plant Viral Vectors

  • Kenneth Palmer
  • Yuri Gleba

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 375)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. George P. Lomonossoff, David J. Evans
    Pages 61-87
  3. Kevin J. Whaley, Josh Morton, Steve Hume, Ernie Hiatt, Barry Bratcher, Victor Klimyuk et al.
    Pages 107-126
  4. Yuri Y. Gleba, Daniel Tusé, Anatoli Giritch
    Pages 155-192
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 193-194

About this book


In this volume, the authors provide an excellent overview of how far the plant viral vector field has come. This discipline is no longer exclusively the domain of academics − there is a small, but growing number of small biotechnology companies that exploit plant viruses as a platform for commercial innovation in crop improvement, industrial product manufacturing, and human and veterinary health care. 

The authors, who work in the plant viral “vectorology” field, have Bill Dawson to thank in some way for their scientific pedigree, and they are honored that he contributed the opening chapter of this volume with the history of plant virus vector development: “A vector is not a virus; it is a device designed to perform a specific function.” Other contributors have provided fascinating reviews of how plant viral vectors have been adapted to serve specific functions, from plant gene function discovery to nanotechnology, providing infinitely scalable manufacturing systems valuable for human therapeutics. 


Agrobacterium CTL response Cowpea mosaic virus plant gene function potato virus X tobacco mosaic virus virus-based expression system virus-induced gene silencing

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Palmer
    • 1
  • Yuri Gleba
    • 2
  1. 1.James Graham Brown Cancer CenterUniversity of LouisvilleOwensboroUSA
  2. 2.Nomad Bioscience GmbHIcon Genetics GmbHHalleGermany

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