Chemotherapy of Plant Virus Infections

  • A. J. Hansen
Part of the Applied Virology Research book series (AOTP, volume 1)


Plant virus chemotherapy, in the strict sense, can be defined as the production of virus-free plants from infected stock by chemical means. Currently available plant virus chemo-therapeuticals are not virucidal but inhibit replication and therefore prevent the spread of infections in the plant. The basic principles of human, animal, and plant virus chemotherapy are very similar. The major differences lie in the physiology and growth characteristics of the hosts and in the goals of the therapy. Plants have no true immune system, and plant viruses are always in the active state. Plant virus chemotherapy therefore aims at complete inhibition of virus replication, so that plant parts which develop during treatment (seeds, shoots, bulblets, corms, tubers, buds, suckers) are absolutely virus free and can be used as nuclear stock for mass propagation and eventual distribution to the industry. The cost of plant virus chemotherapy is generally too high to justify direct curative treatment of producing field plants or trees.


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  • A. J. Hansen
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  1. 1.Research StationAgriculture CanadaSummerlandCanada

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