Banana streak virus: a unique virus-Musa interaction?

  • Authors : Frison, E.A.; Sharrock, S.

  • Document type : Book

  • Year of publication : 1998

  • Conference : Workshop of the PROMUSA virology working group, Montpellier, France, January 19-24, 1998

  • Publisher(s) : INIBAP

  • Place of publication : Montpellier, France

  • ISBN : 2-910810-25-9

  • Pages : 70

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : In recent years, banana streak virus has proven to be a major challenge to both the virologists working with the virus and to banana researchers in general. The unusual characteristics of this virus have numerous consequences for banana research and development, far beyond the usual phytosanitary aspects linked with the movement of germplasm and the control of the disease in the field. BSV was therefore identified among the highest priorities by the Virology working group of PROMUSA, the Global Programme for Musa Improvement. In order to develop a common understanding about the complex features of the virus and to take stock of existing information and knowledge on BSV, it was decided to organize a workshop, in the framework of the Virology working group of PROMUSA, bringing together the virologists working on BSV worldwide. This workshop, held in Montpellier from 19 to 21 January 1998, was also an opportunity to identify and prioritize research needs, to discuss informally possible collaborative projects and to identify comparative advantages and complementarities among the various research teams. The workshop indicated that significant progress has recently been made, leading to the current thinking that three forms of BSV exist (an encapsidated episomal form, an unencapsidated episomal form and an integrated form) and it allowed some interim recommendations to be made. However, it also showed that many questions remain to be answered and that a significant research effort has to be undertaken to overcome the problems caused by this unique virus-Musa interaction. The link below is to the papers presented at the meeting.


  • Open access : Yes

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  • Musalit document ID : IN980023

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