TWiV 469: Mycovirus stuffed potatoes

November 26, 2017

Effort vs ProductivityThe TWiV hosts discuss a plant virus that infects a fungus, and whether you need to work insane hours to succeed in science.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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2 comments on “TWiV 469: Mycovirus stuffed potatoes

  1. I am convinced there are a LOT of fungal and plant viruses that do the crossover thing: plants were the obvious hosts for fungi when both crawled out onto dry land; it is obvious that they would have been able to exchange viruses – and I note this: “Endornaviruses (genus Endornavirus) are double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) viruses that infect plants, fungi, and oomycetes which have recently been given family status “.
    TMV has also been shown to replicate in fungi; BMV replicates in yeast; certain animal viruses (eg: flock house virus) can replicate in plant cells but not spread…it’s not unusual, is what I’m saying, and we WILL find a lot more evidence for it.