Clustering Potyviridae species on the basis of four major traits

  • K. M. Makkouk
  • M. Singh
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Cluster analysis was used to examine taxonomic relationships among 31 potyviruses, using four categorical variables; genome segmentation, vector, inclusion bodies produced and host range. Analysis showed that regardless of weight given to genome segmentation, the fungus-transmitted viruses clustered in one group and the rest of the viruses in another at 60% level of similarity. It has been concluded that the creation of one family to include both the bymoviruses and potyviruses seems to be a reasonable compromise at the present time.


Inclusion Body Plant Virus Barley Yellow Mosaic Virus Potyvirus Group Genome Segmentation 


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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Makkouk
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)AleppoSyria
  2. 2.International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)AleppoSyria

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