Storage and Preservation of Plant Virus Cultures

  • Alangar Ishwara Bhat
  • Govind Pratap Rao
Part of the Springer Protocols Handbooks book series (SPH)


Viruses are obligate pathogens that cannot be cultured without living in host. Plant viruses require special preservation methods to ensure long-term viability/infectivity of the sample and to maintain the original characteristics. Usually symptomatic leaf tissue of virus-infected plants is taken and kept as original sample for future study purpose. Many different methods are employed for the storage of virus cultures like desiccation, freeze drying (lyophilization), freezing and low temperature storage in liquid nitrogen, which are discussed in this chapter.

Key words

Desiccator Freeze-drying Low-temperature storage Virus culture Liquid nitrogen Lyophilization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alangar Ishwara Bhat
    • 1
  • Govind Pratap Rao
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Crop ProtectionICAR-Indian Institute of Spices ResearchKozhikodeIndia
  2. 2.Division of Plant PathologyICAR-Indian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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