Submitted to: Plant Pathogenic Virology
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: April 15, 2007
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Citation: Li, R. 2008. Detection and Diagnosis of Plant Viruses. Plant Pathogenic Virology. In : Xie, L.H., Beijing, P.R. China : China Agriculture Press. p.224-240. Technical Abstract: Diseases caused by viruses are a constant and major problem for crop production worldwide. Human interest in plant genetic resources and globalization of human activities has inadvertently contributed to the spread of viruses throughout the world, increasing the frequency of plant virus outbreaks. Considerable efforts including accurate and rapid diagnosis are needed to control these diseases. Recent advances in biotechnology and molecular biology have greatly improved our knowledge of plant viruses and our ability to identify them, the most important step in virus disease management. Current diagnostic techniques can be categorized into biological procedures, serological procedures, nucleic acid procedures and combinations of them. These techniques have been commonly used in virus characterization, disease management, breeding programs and quarantine indexing. This chapter presents a review of the current and upcoming methods of virus diagnosis in plants.