Binomial nomenclature for virus species: a consultation

Siddell, S. G. et al. (2020) Binomial nomenclature for virus species: a consultation. Archives of Virology, 165, pp. 519-525. (doi: 10.1007/s00705-019-04477-6) (PMID:31797129) (PMCID:PMC7026202)

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The Executive Committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) recognizes the need for a standardized nomenclature for virus species. This article sets out the case for establishing a binomial nomenclature and presents the advantages and disadvantages of different naming formats. The Executive Committee understands that adopting a binomial system would have major practical consequences, and invites comments from the virology community before making any decisions to change the existing nomenclature. The Executive Committee will take account of these comments in deciding whether to approve a standardized binomial system at its next meeting in October 2020. Note that this system would relate only to the formal names of virus species and not to the names of viruses.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Binomial species names, international committee on taxonomy of viruses (ICTV), nomenclature, species nomenclature, virus taxonomy.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davison, Professor Andrew
Authors: Siddell, S. G., Walker, P. J., Lefkowitz, E. J., Mushegian, A. R., Dutilh, B. E., Harrach, B., Harrison, R. L., Junglen, S., Knowles, N. J., Kropinski, A. M., Krupovic, M., Kuhn, J. H., Nibert, M. L., Rubino, L., Sabanadzovic, S., Simmonds, P., Varsani, A., Zerbini, F. M., and Davison, A. J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Archives of Virology
ISSN (Online):1432-8798
Published Online:03 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Archives of Virology 165:519–525
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656321Genomics of human cytomegalovirusAndrew DavisonMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12014/3MVLS III - CENTRE FOR VIRUS RESEARCH