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December 20, 1947

Viruses and Virus Diseases of Plants

JAMA. 1947;135(16):1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890160077028

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This book reviews the current status of knowledge of the plant viruses. The first filterable virus isolated and clearly identified was the virus of tobacco mosaic disease; this virus has been successfully crystallized and shown to retain its infectivity in the crystalline state. Altogether about one hundred and fifty distinct plant viruses have been identified. Although these viruses differ in many respects from those causing disease in human beings or animals, there are many characteristics in common: much of what has been learned about one of these large groups of viruses has been, and perhaps may in the future be, applied with profit to a study of the others.

Major sections of the book are devoted to discussion of the nature and properties of plant viruses, the reaction of host plants to viruses, transmission and control. There is a good index.

The material dealing with such aspects of the virus

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