Archives of Virology

, Volume 154, Issue 7, pp 1181–1188 | Cite as

Ratification vote on taxonomic proposals to the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (2008)

  • E. B. CarstensEmail author
  • L. A. Ball
Virology Division News


In accordance with the Statutes of the International Committee of Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), the final stage in the process of making changes to the Universal Scheme of Virus Classification is the ratification of taxonomic proposals by ICTV Members. This can occur either at a Plenary meeting of ICTV, held during an International Congress of Virology meeting, or by circulation of proposals by mail followed by a ballot. Therefore, a list of proposals that had been subjected to the full, multi-stage review process was prepared and presented on the ICTVonline web pages in March 2008. This review process involved input from the ICTV Study Groups and Subcommittees, other interested virologists, and the ICTV Executive Committee. For the first time, the ratification process was performed entirely by email. The proposals were sent electronically via email on 18 March 2008 to ICTV Life Members (11), ICTV Subcommittee Members (74), and ICTV National Representatives (53).


White Spot Syndrome Virus Equid Herpesvirus Multiple Nucleopolyhedrovirus Mild Mosaic Virus Taxonomic Proposal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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