Top 10 of Top 10's ?

TMV I recently wrote about the top 10 plant viruses in molecular plant pathology. Well Ed didn’t like that list, so he’s published his own:

  1. Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV)
  2. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV)
  3. Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV)
  4. Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV)
  5. Potato virus Y (PVY)
  6. Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV)
  7. African cassava mosaic virus (ACMV)
  8. Plum pox virus (PPV)
  9. Brome mosaic virus (BMV)
  10. Potato virus X (PVX)

“I see only ONE virus in the major list – African cassava mosaic begomovirus (ACMV) – that infects and causes severe losses in one of the four major food crops grown on this planet: all the rest, excepting viruses infecting the also-ran potato, are pathogens of fruits, vegetables or horticulturally-important plants. Or hardly pathogenic at all, as in the case of BMV – and before anyone argues, I probably have the best collection of African (and other) isolates of the virus in the world, and a lot of experience of it in the field.”

I have a feeling this could go on for some time :-)

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18 Responses to Top 10 of Top 10's ?

  1. Gary says:

    Well we always knew the article would create discussion….as we say in the article, we published ‘with the intent of initiating discussion and debate amongst the plant virology community’


  2. Bring it ON…B-) Seriously, though, we need the opinions of a bunch of developing world virologists / pathologists as to what is important right now in countries like India, Indonesia, SE Asia generally, sub-Saharan Africa (OK, I did that…B-), before any list gets set in stone.

  3. PS: Brazil. Lots and lots of very interesting viruses in Brazil.

  4. Gary says:

    Our review was never intended to be a definitive list, it was only ever intended to be a Top 10 list of what people might think might be the Top 10 most important, and as it turned out a very very interesting exercise. What we also intended was for it to be a starting point, and was never to be set in stone.

    I could not disagree with many of the viruses you mention, in fact I could probably list another 30 or more myself


  5. Gary says:

    Imagine if we only did the Top 3 !!

  6. Gary says:

    Gold, Silver and Bronze winners !!

  7. Gary says:

    The Top 10 Fungal Plant Pathogens is coming out soon….I suspect it will create EVEN MORE interest.


  8. Up to 30 accesses already and still going – mainly referred from MBytes, as it happens! I should use you more often…B-)

  9. Gary says:

    In case anybody wants to read the original it is free to download to all.

    Scholthof, K-BG, Adkins, S, Czosnek,H, Palukaitis, P, Jacquot, E, Hohn, T, Hohn, B, Saunders, K, Candresse, T, Ahlquist, P, Hemenway, C & Foster, GD. ‘Top 10 plant viruses in molecular plant pathology’, Molecular Plant Pathology, 12(9), (pp. 938-954), 2011. ISSN: 1364-3703 10.1111/j.1364-3703.2011.00752.x

  10. Gary says:

    The next in the series is now published.

    The Top 10 fungal pathogens in molecular plant pathology -Molecular Plant Pathology -:

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