Thread subject: :: Virus taxonomy ?

Posted by John Carr on 24-01-2014 01:25

A virologist discusses the subject here: http://www.microb...sification. See also http://en.wikiped...sification.

Plant viruses get non-Latin names like "tobacco mosaic virus." Animal viruses are assigned a Latin family and genus. Above and below that level classification diverges from zoological nomenclature.

Plants, like viruses and bacteria, have a large amount of horizontal gene transfer and commonly propagate asexually. They still have binomial names.