Sequence data as the major criterion for potyvirus classification

  • C. W. Ward
  • N. M. McKern
  • M. J. Frenkel
  • D. D. Shukla
Part of the Archives of Virology book series (ARCHIVES SUPPL, volume 5)


Recent knowledge of the structure of the potyvirus particle and its components appears to have resolved what was thought to be an intractable problem of plant virology. This review describes how coat-protein and gene sequence data can be used to provide an hierarchical classification of potyviruses. This classification puts the aphid and non-aphid-transmitted potyviruses into a single family, divides this family into four genera that correspond to the four modes of vector transmission, discriminates distinct potyvirus species from strains, and provides a basis for the formation of subgroups composed of closely related species within a genus.


Mosaic Virus Coat Protein Soybean Mosaic Virus Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus Bean Common Mosaic Virus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. W. Ward
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. M. McKern
    • 1
  • M. J. Frenkel
    • 1
  • D. D. Shukla
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Biomolecular EngineeringCSIROParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Division of Biomolecular EngineeringCSIROParkvilleAustralia

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