Special Issue "Seed-Borne and Seed-Transmitted Viruses"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Viruses of Plants, Fungi and Protozoa".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fiona E. Constable
Guest Editor
Agriculture Victoria Research, AgriBio - Centre for AgriBioscience, 5 Ring Road, Bundoora, VIC 3083, Australia
Interests: plant viruses; viroids; high throughout sequencing; virus diversity; taxonomy; diagnostics; quarantine; seed borne viruses
Dr. David Dall
Guest Editor
Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government, Canberra, Australia
Interests: plant virology; seed-borne and seed-transmitted pathogens

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many fruits and vegetables, grains and pulses, ornamental and fodder crops are grown from seed. They are critical for food security and support the livelihoods of farmers and other stakeholders. However, botanical seed is a pathway for the movement and introduction of seed-borne and seed-transmissible pathogens, including viruses and viroids into regions where they were not previously found or re-introduction into affected regions, where they can have a significant impact on crop production. The growing demand and increased global trade in seed have heightened this risk. The reality of the risk is highlighted by recent outbreaks of Tobamovirus and Pospiviroid species in solanaceous and cucurbit crops globally, where the virus and viroid species were not previously known. Methods to control the risk can include the disinfestation of seed, controlling for disease during seed production, seed health testing for certification, and breeding for resistance.

This Special Issue will feature research papers that contribute to an improved understanding of the ecology and risk of seed-borne and seed-transmissible viruses and viroids, including those that occur in fruits and vegetables, grains and pulses, ornamental and fodder crop seeds. Studies that pertain to any aspect of seed-borne or seed-transmitted viruses or viroids are welcome, including quantitative and qualitative studies of how they contaminate or infect seed, attributes of specific relationships and interactions between hosts and pathogens that affect seed contamination and transmission, the mode and rate of transmission, effective control strategies, diagnostic testing and the science underpinning regulatory measures.

Dr. Fiona Constable
Dr. David Dall
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Viruses is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • seed
  • seed-borne
  • seed-transmissible
  • diagnostics
  • virus
  • viroid
  • ecology
  • epdiemiology
  • fruit
  • vegetable
  • grain
  • pulse
  • ornamental
  • fodder

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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