Plant Pathogenic Viruses in Insects

  • Karl Maramorosch
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 42)


Until recently plant virus diseases have been studied mainly by plant pathologists, and the causative agents have been considered solely as disease agents of plants. Although the host range of most plant-pathogenic viruses is limited to plants, a small number of viruses are now known to infect not only plants but also insects that act as vectors and alternate hosts and reservoirs of such viruses. With the exception of a few viruses, transmitted through root grafts or pollen, all viruses that cause diseases of plants require intermediary carriers, so-called vectors, to pass from one plant to another. Such vectors are now known to occur among various orders of arthropods, among nematodes, and even among lower fungi (Maramorosch, 1967).


Salivary Gland Plant Virus Insect Vector Malpighian Tubule Aphid Vector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Maramorosch
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  1. 1.Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant ResearchYonkersUSA

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