Sweepoviruses? 

One of the nice things about taxonomists is that, even after 30 years as a virologist, they continue to entertain me by coming up with new names :-) 
"Monopartite begomoviruses (genus Begomovirus, family Geminiviridae) that infect sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) around the world are known as sweepoviruses." 
 
Sweepoviruses Cause Disease in Sweet Potato and Related Ipomoea spp.: Fulfilling Koch's Postulates for a Divergent Group in the Genus Begomovirus. (2011) PLoS ONE 6(11): e27329. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027329 http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0027329 
 
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  1. Ed Rybicki says:

    As the person who helped come up with the geminivirus taxa “mastreviruses” (after Maize streak virus) and “begomovirus” (after Bean golden mosaic), I have to say – excellent, and a long time coming! Sweepo for sweet potato, obviously. Would that the human/animal virologists would do similarly! Hafomoviruses for hand, foot and mouth; hookiviruses for Hendra and its ilk (=horse-owner killer virus…B-)

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