Welcome to the site for Plant Virologists everywhere!

This site provides a central source of information about viruses, viroids and satellites of plants, fungi and protozoa, with some additional data on animal viruses and phages with RNA or ssDNA genomes.

You will find here:

Introduction to Plant Viruses

An introductory overview of plant viruses, their importance, transmission and classification.

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Descriptions of Plant Viruses (DPV)

Over 400 individual descriptions of plant viruses or virus groups. Nos 1-354 were originally published in paper form by the Association of Applied Biologists (AAB) between 1970 and 1989, while additional descriptions have been added to a CD-ROM (also published by the AAB) since 1998. These can now be accessed from the indexes in the DPV menu or from the Taxonomy pages. New descriptions are being commissioned and will be added as they become available.

Association of Applied Biologists
Plant Virology

Taxonomic notes

A brief description is provided for each genus and family. This includes all viruses, viroids and satellites infecting plants, fungi and protozoa and additionally all other RNA and ssDNA viruses infecting animals. The genome organisation is described wherever this is known and there are links to a genome map and a representative electron micrograph (for plant viruses only). Lists of species with their acronyms and synonyms are provided for each genus. There are also links to the plant virus Descriptions (DPVs) and to the nucleotide sequences.


We provide the accession numbers used by EMBL and Genbank databases for all the sequences of viruses, satellites and viroids infecting plants, fungi and protozoa. These have been checked to ensure that, as far as possible, they are allocated here to their correct name and the list is updated at least once every two months.

Plant Virology
Plant Virology

Sequence analysis

We have constructed a sequence feature database (DPVweb) that contains all sequences of viruses, viroids and satellites of plants, fungi and protozoa, that are complete or which encode one or more gene. The database also includes verified annotations for the open reading frames and other major features. To assist comparisons with related viruses, there are also representative sequences for every completely sequenced animal virus with an RNA or ssDNA genome. Sequence features (genes etc.) can be selected and downloaded in FASTA format (nucleotide sequence and, where appropriate, the amino acid sequence) by following the links to Curated Sequences from the Notes pages.We developed some standalone (PC) software that interacted with this database but this no longer works following updates to the server software.

Publications describing this Web Site

Adams, M.J. & Antoniw, J.F. (2005). DPVweb: An open access internet resource on plant viruses and virus diseases. Outlooks on Pest Management 16, 268-270.

Adams, M.J. & Antoniw, J.F. (2006). DPVweb: a comprehensive database of plant and fungal virus genes and genomes. Nucleic Acids Research 34, Database issue, D382-D385.

Copyright information

All information and illustrations on this internet site are copyright. If you wish to use any of the text or illustrations, please contact:
For the numbered DPV virus descriptions: the named author(s) for each description AND the Association of Applied Biologists.
For all other parts of the site: the Rothamsted Research authors Mike Adams