This book provides a comprehensive look at the field of plant virus evolution. It is the first book ever published on the topic. Individual chapters written by experts in the field cover plant virus ecology emerging viruses plant viruses that integrate into the host genome population biology evolutionary mechanisms and appropriate methods for analysis. It covers RNA viruses DNA viruses pararetroviruses and viroids and presents a number of thought-provoking ideas.The evolution of viruses has been a topic of intense investigation and theoretical development over the past several decades. Numerous workshops review articles and books have been devoted to the subject. Medical practitioners have recognized the importance of viral evolution when treating patients with viral diseases. Farmers have recognized the importance of understanding virus evolution in combating emerging viral diseases in their crop plants. As with any field where knowledge is rapidly expanding many controversies have also arisen about the nature of virus evolution how to describe virus populations how to analyze sequence data and estimate phylogenies etc. Differing points of view will also be found in the various chapters of this book and I leave it to the readers to decide for themselves which side they find most helpful. In some cases it seems to me that all sides are correct. In other cases future historians will decide. This book focuses on the evolution of plant viruses although some chapters also draw on the more extensive knowledge of animal viruses. It covers topics on evo- tionary mechanisms viral ecology and emergence appropriate methods for analysis and the role of evolution in taxonomy. It includes RNA viruses DNA viruses integrated viruses and viroids. Questions and Concepts in Plant Virus Evolution: a Historical Perspective.- Community Ecology of Plant Viruses.- Emerging Plant Viruses: a Diversity of Mechanisms and Opportunities.- Evolution of Integrated Plant Viruses.- Viroids.- Virus Populations Mutation Rates and Frequencies.- Genetic Bottlenecks.- Recombination in Plant RNA Viruses.- Symbiosis Mutualism and Symbiogenesis.- Methods for Analyzing Viral Evolution.- Virus Evolution and Taxonomy.
This book provides a comprehensive look at the field of plant virus evolution. Individual chapters written by experts in the field cover plant virus ecology emerging viruses plant viruses that integrate into the host genome population biology evolutionary mechanisms and appropriate methods for analysis. It covers RNA viruses DNA viruses pararetroviruses and viroids. The book summarizes the recent advances in our understanding of genetic bottlenecks mutation rates and RNA recombination. It presents a number of ideas that are thought-provoking and make excellent discussion points. It is rounded out by a description of the history of plant virus evolution studies and the link between evolution and taxonomy. Plant Virus Evolution provides an invaluable resource for researchers teachers and students in the fields of plant virology and virus evolution.
First book ever published on the topic of plant virus evolution
Comprehensive covering RNA and DNA viruses and viroids
Makes an excellent tool for teaching as well as research