Taxonomy of prokaryotic viruses: 2018-2019 update from the ICTV Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee

Evelien M Adriaenssens, Matthew B. Sullivan, Petar Knezevic, Leonardo J. van Zyl, BL Sarkar, Bas E. Dutilh, Poliane Alfenas-Zerbini, Malgorzata Lobocka, Yigang Tong, J. Rodney Brister, Andrea I. Moreno Switt, Jochen Klumpp, Ramy Karam Aziz, Jakub Barylski, Jumpei Uchiyama, Rob A Edwards, Andrew M. Kropinski, Nicola K Petty, Martha R. C. Clokie, Alla I KushkinaVera V Morozova, Siobain Duffy, Annika Gillis, Janis Rumnieks, İpek Kurtböke, Nina Chanishvili, Lawrence Goodridge, Johannes Wittmann, Rob Lavigne, Ho Bin Jang, David Prangishvili, François Enault, Dann Turner, Minna Poranen, Hanna M Oksanen, Mart Krupovic

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This article is a summary of the activities of the ICTV's Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee for the years 2018 and 2019. Highlights include the creation of a new order, 10 families, 22 subfamilies, 424 genera and 964 species. Some of our concerns about the ICTV's ability to adjust to and incorporate new DNA- and protein-based taxonomic tools are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Virology
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1253-1260
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Fields of Science

  • HIS1
  • 11832 Microbiology and virology

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