Molecular Approaches to an Understanding of the Transmission of Plant Viruses by Nematodes

  • Michael A. Mayo
  • Walter M. Robertson
  • Francesco J. Legorboru
  • Karen M. Brierley
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 268)


In common with all parasites, viruses must have a means of moving from one host to another in order to survive. For the majority of plant viruses, this phase involves the assistance, either actively or passively, of a motile vector. For most viruses, this vector is an arthropod but a small number of viruses have other vectors, prominent among which are soil-inhabiting nematodes which feed on plant roots. However, although few viruses are involved, they can nevertheless cause some economically significant diseases.


Coat Protein Virus Particle Tobacco Mosaic Virus Tobacco Rattle Virus Ringspot Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Mayo
    • 1
  • Walter M. Robertson
    • 1
  • Francesco J. Legorboru
    • 1
  • Karen M. Brierley
    • 1
  1. 1.Scottish Crop Research Institute InvergowrieDundeeUK

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