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Version 1, published: 1st September 1998

The Software was first launched in September 1998 but is no longer supported. A new and much expanded version is now available.

Version 2, published September 2007

This program (designed for modern Windows operating systems, including Vista) is a comprehensive and easy to use resource for plant virology with much valuable background information on other viruses. In brief, this includes:

  • Taxonomy: an up-to-date listing of virus families, genera and species including all viruses with ssDNA or RNA genomes. Only the true dsDNA viruses are excluded.
  • Virus Descriptions: 417 descriptions of plant viruses (or virus groups = genera/families) written by specialists, complete with diagrams, EM images, pictures of symptoms etc. This includes all 354 published by AAB in paper form in the period 1970-1989 and over 60 more recent ones that are only available electronically.
  • Notes: Brief descriptions of each of the approximately 60 families and 250 genera included. These summaries include links to electron micrographs (plant viruses only) and to genome maps.
  • Sequences: Classified lists of all plant and fungal virus sequences available from the public sequence databases arranged by current virus name and genus. All plant and fungal virus sequences with one or more complete gene (>14,000) can also be displayed in graphical format in the Map program. The sequence display enables the nucleotide or derived protein sequence from any open reading frame to be displayed and copied to another Windows program. A representative sequence of every completely sequenced phage or animal virus with a ssDNA or RNA genome (>900 sequences) is also supplied

New descriptions will be added as they are written and the taxonomic and sequence data will be regularly updated and provided free of charge to purchasers of the CD by means of downloadable updates to the software.


The DPVs are currently edited by

  • Dr David Robinson, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, Scotland
  • Dr Rick Mumford, Central Science Laboratory, Sand Hutton, York, UK
  • Dr Mike Adams, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts., AL5 2JQ, UK
  • Dr Mark Stevens, Brooms Barn Research Station, Higham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK

The software and databases were developed by Drs John Antoniw and Mike Adams, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts., AL5 2JQ, UK.

Order Form

You can order a copy of the new Descriptions of Plant Viruses on CD-ROM from AAB. Please click on the logo below and follow links to the Publications pages:
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Page last updated: 13 September 2007