Viroids and Genetic Engineering

  • T. O. Diener
  • R. A. Owens
  • D. E. Cress
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 61)


Viroids are low molecular weight RNAs that are present in certain species of higher plants afflicted with specific diseases. They are not detectable in healthy individuals of the same species, but, after introduction into such individuals, they are replicated autonomously and cause the appearance of the characteristic disease syndrome (Diener, 1979a). Unlike viral nucleic acids, viroids are not encapsidated.


Nucleic Acid Hybridization Severe Strain Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid Mild Strain Stunt Viroid 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. O. Diener
    • 1
  • R. A. Owens
    • 1
  • D. E. Cress
    • 2
  1. 1.Plant Virology LaboratoryPlant Protection InstituteBeltsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Cell Culture and Nitrogen Fixation Laboratory, Plant Physiology InstituteU.S. Department of AgricultureBeltsvilleUSA

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