Host Range of Viruses

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


Host range of a virus is one of the biological properties of the virus. A host is a plant that a virus can infect and within which that virus can replicate. A few of the viruses have the ability to infect only a limited number of hosts while a few other viruses have the ability to infect large number of hosts belonging to several plant genera and families. Plant hosts play an important role in biological characterization of a plant virus.

Key words

Broad host range Narrow host range Mechanical inoculation Vector transmission 


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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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