Ribgrass Mosaic Virus

  • Carl Wetter
Part of the The Viruses book series (VIRS)


Holmes (1941) was the first to recognize that a virus isolated from ribgrass and broad-leaf plantain was distinct from tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). But the history of the virus began earlier because Holmes called the attention of Valleau and Johnson (1943) to a similar virus that these authors had found in Plantago major and which they had transferred to tobacco in 1930. It was found subsequently that this virus was the inciting pathogen of a necrotic virus disease in burley tobacco in Kentucky (Valleau and Johnson, 1943). In the following decades, ribgrass mosaic virus (RMV) was found to be widely distributed in North America, Europe, and Asia, but it has apparently not produced serious epidemic diseases. This virus is often called Holmes ribgrass virus (HRV).


Mosaic Virus Coat Protein Tobacco Mosaic Virus Crucifer Plant Plant Virology 
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  • Carl Wetter
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of SaarlandSaarbrückenWest Germany

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