The Plant Viruses

Polyhedral Virions and Bipartite RNA Genomes

  • B. D. Harrison
  • A. F. Murant

Part of the The Viruses book series (VIRS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. R. A. Valverde, J. P. Fulton
    Pages 17-33
  3. R. W. Goldbach, J. Wellink
    Pages 35-76
  4. R. C. Gergerich, H. A. Scott
    Pages 77-98
  5. A. F. Murant, A. T. Jones, G. P. Martelli, R. Stace-Smith
    Pages 99-137
  6. M. A. Mayo, D. J. Robinson
    Pages 139-185
  7. D. J. F. Brown, D. L. Trudgill, W. M. Robertson
    Pages 187-209
  8. B. D. Harrison, A. F. Murant
    Pages 211-228
  9. V. Lisa, G. Boccardo
    Pages 229-250
  10. R. I. Hamilton, J. H. Tremaine
    Pages 251-282
  11. A. T. Jones, M. A. Mayo, A. F. Murant
    Pages 283-301
  12. S. A. Demler, G. A. de Zoeten, G. Adam, K. F. Harris
    Pages 303-344
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 357-364

About this book


This fifth volume in the series The Plant Viruses, dealing with viruses with bipartite genomes, completes the coverage of viruses with isometric parti­ cles and genomes consisting of single-stranded, positive-sense RNA: viruses that have tripartite and monopartite genomes of this kind were dealt with in Volumes 1 and 3, respectively. How close are the affinities among the viruses within the groupings distinguished in this way? All those with tripartite genomes are considered to be sufficiently closely related to be included in the family Bromoviridae, whereas the monopartite-genome viruses covered in Volume 3 clearly are a much more diverse collection. Affinities among the viruses with bipartite genomes are considered in Chapter 1 of this volume, along with the possible origins, advantages, and disadvantages of these ge­ nomes. The conclusion reached from this assessment is that the bipartite­ genome viruses fall into four categories, those within each category having closer affinities with viruses not included in this book than with viruses in the other categories. No evidence was found that possession of a bipartite genome gives a virus overwhelming advantages over viruses of other sorts. More probably, any advantages are largely balanced by disadvantages, and bipartite genomes may be best considered simply as an alternative design for the hereditary material of a virus.


RNA bean biology ecology epidemiology molecular biology plant virus

Editors and affiliations

  • B. D. Harrison
    • 1
  • A. F. Murant
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DundeeDundeeUK
  2. 2.Scottish Crop Research InstituteDundeeUK

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