Submitted to: Electronic Publication
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/17/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Many types of viruses infect plants. Based on biological and biochemical properties, these viruses have been separated into a hierarchical set of groups with family as the highest level, followed by genus and strain. In this chapter we present a general description of the Luteoviridae family of plant viruses. The viruses in the Luteoviridae family infect a wide variety of plants, cause yellowing diseases, and have similar biological, biochemical, and genetic properties. The viruses within the family Luteoviridae have been divided into three genera. The viruses within each genus are more similar to the other members of the genus than they are to the viruses in the other two genera. This description will be useful to lay people and research scientists who need a general description of the biological and biochemical properties of this group of plant viruses.