Ilarvirus Vectors

  • Gaylord I. Mink
Part of the Advances in Disease Vector Research book series (VECTOR, volume 9)


The term Ilar is derived from the description “isometric labile ringspot” first used to identify a few viruses of stone fruits that were unstable in sap and thought to be spherical (32). Lister and Saksena (56) proposed enlarging the group to include unstable viruses having three or more nucleoprotein components, a proposal approved by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) (79). The group currently includes at least 16 distinct viruses (Table 8.1) some of which have several named strains, that can create confusion when one tries to distinguish among viruses and strains in the literature. Subgroup divisions are based on serological interrelationships (25, 90). So far no uniform criteria have been adopted for subdividing viruses and strains. At least 10 ilarviruses are found predominately, if not exclusively, in woody hosts and one (TSV) causes diseases of both woody and herbaceous plants.


Sour Cherry Stone Fruit Ringspot Virus Prunus Species Seed Transmission 
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  • Gaylord I. Mink
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  1. 1.Department of Plant Pathology, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension CenterWashington State UniversityProsserUSA

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