Genus: Betapartitivirus

Genus: Betapartitivirus

Distinguishing features

Members of the genus Betapartitivirus infect plants and fungi. Betapartitiviruses have two dsRNA segments that are believed to be individually encapsidated in separate particles, and genomes typically ranging from 4.3 - 4.8 kbp in total.



Based on negative-contrast electron microscopy, the virions of white clover cryptic virus 2 are isometric and approximately 38 nm in diameter (Boccardo et al., 1985). The particles appear rounded and are not penetrated by stain (Figure 1.Betapartitivirus). The structure of Fusarium poae virus 1 has been determined by electron cryomicroscopy and 3D reconstruction (Tang et al., 2010). The outer diameter of the capsid is about 40 nm, and each particle contains 120 CP molecules arranged with icosahedral symmetry (Tang et al., 2010). Other reported betapartitivirus particle sizes range from 25 to 35 nm in diameter (Strauss et al., 2000, Lim et al., 2005, Sasaki et al., 2005, Li et al., 2009, Ziegler et al., 2012).

Figure 1.Betapartitivirus. Negative-contrast electron micrograph of particles of an isolate of White clover cryptic virus 2. The bar represents 50 nm. (Ghabrial et al., 2000).

Physicochemical and physical properties

Virion buoyant density of white clover cryptic virus 2 in CsCl is 1.375 g cm−3 (Boccardo et al., 1985).

Nucleic acid

Viral genome comprises two dsRNA segments, which are each about 2.1-2.4 kbp. 


There is a single major CP with predicted Mr of 71-77 kDa. The predicted Mr of the RdRP, as deduced from nucleotide sequence analysis, ranges from 77 to 87  kDa. Virion-associated RNA polymerase activity is present.

Genome organization and replication

Each genome segment is monocistronic: the larger genome segment typically encodes the RdRP and the smaller one encodes the putative CP. Atkinsonella hypoxylon virus has a third dsRNA segment appearing not to encode any proteins (see GenBank record L39127) (Oh and Hillman 1995). Members of genus Betapartitivirus commonly have poly(A) tracts (≥10 nt) near to the coding-strand 3´-terminus of one or both genome segments.


Members of the genus Betapartitivirus infect ascomycetous and basidiomycetous fungi (ten species) and plants (seven species). They are transmitted intracellularly during cell division (plants, fungi) or cell fusion and sporogenesis (fungi). Plant betapartitiviruses include former members of the defunct genus Betacryptovirus, which are associated with persistent infections (Lesker et al., 2013). Various host effects have been described for fungal betapartitiviruses: Rosellinia necatrix virus 1 mediates changes in host colony morphology and decreased dispersal via conidiospores (Kanematsu et al., 2010), and the related, unclassified Sclerotinia sclerotiorum partitivirus 1 reduces the virulence of its host (Xiao et al., 2014).

Species demarcation criteria

The species demarcation criteria within genus Betapartitivirus are:

  • ≤ 90% aa sequence identity in the RdRP, and
  • ≤ 80% aa sequence identity in the CP

Member Species

SpeciesVirus name(s)Exemplar isolateExemplar accession numberExemplar RefSeq numberAvailable sequenceOther isolatesOther isolate accession numbersVirus Abbreviation(s)
Atkinsonella hypoxylon virusAtkinsonella hypoxylon virus2HRNA1: L39125; RNA2: L39126RNA1: NC_003470; RNA2: NC_003471Complete genomeAhV-2H
Cannabis cryptic virusCannabis cryptic virusFedora17 RNA1: JN196536; RNA2: JN196537Complete genomeCCV-Fedora17
Cannabis cryptic virusCannabis cryptic virushemp09RNA1: KX709964; RNA2: KX709965CCV-hemp09
Ceratocystis resinifera virus 1Ceratocystis resinifera virus 1DengRNA1: AY603052; RNA2: AY603051RNA1: NC_010755; RNA2: NC_010754Complete genomeCrV1-Deng
Ceratocystis resinifera virus 1Ceratocystis polonica partitivirusCMW7151RNA1: AY247204; RNA2: AY247205CpPV-CMW7151
Ceratocystis resinifera virus 1Ceratocystis polonica partitivirusCMW2284RNA1: AY260756; RNA2: AY260757CpPV-CMW2284
Crimson clover cryptic virus 2crimson clover cryptic virus 2IPP-IncarnatSK RNA1: JX971982; RNA2: JX971983Complete genomeCCCV2-IPP-IncarnatSK
Dill cryptic virus 2dill cryptic virus 2IPP-hortorum RNA1: JX971984; RNA2: JX971985RNA1: NC_021147; RNA2: NC_021148Complete genomeDCV2-IPP-hortorum
Fusarium poae virus 1Fusarium poae virus 1A11RNA1: AF047013; RNA2: AF015924RNA1: NC_003884; RNA2: NC_003883Complete genomeFpV1-A11
Fusarium poae virus 1Fusarium poae virus 1240374RNA1: LC150606; RNA2: LC150607FpV1-240374
Heterobasidion partitivirus 2Heterobasidion partitivirus 2pa1 RNA1: HM565953; RNA2: HM565954Complete genomeHetRV2-pa1
Heterobasidion partitivirus 2Heterobasidion partitivirus 2pa1-bRNA1: KF551880HetRV2-pa1-b
Heterobasidion partitivirus 2Heterobasidion partitivirus 2pa1-cRNA1: KF551881HetRV2-pa1-c
Heterobasidion partitivirus 2Heterobasidion partitivirus 2pa1-eRNA1: KF551882HetRV2-pa1-e
Heterobasidion partitivirus 2Heterobasidion partitivirus 2pa1-fRNA1: KF551883HetRV2-pa1-f
Heterobasidion partitivirus 2Heterobasidion partitivirus 2pa1-dRNA1: KF551884HetRV2-pa1-d
Heterobasidion partitivirus 2Heterobasidion partitivirus 2pa1-gRNA1: KF551885HetRV2-pa1-g
Heterobasidion partitivirus 7Heterobasidion partitivirus 7pa1RNA1: JN606091; RNA2: JN606090Complete genomeHetRV7-pa1
Heterobasidion partitivirus 7Heterobasidion partitivirus 7pa1-bRNA1: KF551886HetRV7-pa1-b
Heterobasidion partitivirus 7Heterobasidion partitivirus 7pa1-cRNA1: KF551887HetRV7-pa1-c
Heterobasidion partitivirus 8Heterobasidion partitivirus 8ir1 RNA1: JX625227; RNA2: JX625228Complete genomeHetRV8-ir1
Heterobasidion partitivirus PHeterobasidion partitivirus PIhrmarkRNA1: AF473549Partial genomeHetPVP-Ihrmark
Hop trefoil cryptic virus 2hop trefoil cryptic virus 2IPP-GelbSK RNA1: JX971980; RNA2: JX971981RNA1: NC_021098; RNA2: NC_021099Complete genomeHTCV2-IPP-GelbSK
Pleurotus ostreatus virus 1Pleurotus ostreatus virus 1South KoreaRNA1: AY533038; RNA2: AY533036RNA1: NC_006961; RNA2: NC_006960Complete genomePoV1-South Korea
Primula malacoides virus 1Primula malacoides virus 1China RNA1: EU195326; RNA2: EU195327RNA1: NC_013109; RNA2: NC_013110Complete genomePmV1-China
Red clover cryptic virus 2red clover cryptic virus 2IPP-Nemaro RNA1: JX971978; RNA2: JX971979RNA1: NC_021096; RNA2: NC_021097Complete genomeRCCV2-IPP-Nemaro
Rhizoctonia solani virus 717Rhizoctonia solani virus 717717RNA1: AF133290; RNA2: AF133291RNA1: NC_003801; RNA2: NC_003802Complete genomeRsV-717
Rosellinia necatrix virus 1Rosellinia necatrix virus 1ayamaRNA1: AB113347; RNA2: AB113348RNA1: NC_007537; RNA2: NC_007538Complete genomeRnV1-ayama
White clover cryptic virus 2white clover cryptic virus 2Germany RNA1: JX971976; RNA2: JX971977RNA1: NC_021094; RNA2: NC_021095Complete genomeWCCV2-Germany

Virus names, the choice of exemplar isolates, and virus abbreviations, are not official ICTV designations.
Download GenBank/EMBL query for sequences listed in the table here.

Related, Unclassified Viruses


Virus name*

 Accession number



Sclerotinia sclerotiorum partitivirus 1 strain SsPV1-WF-1



Ustilaginoidea virens partitivirus 3 strain HP-30



Rosellinia necatrix partititivirus 6 strain W113



Fusarium poae partitivirus 2



* Representative isolate of a virus with a complete published genome sequence
Defective-interfering RNAs derived from dsRNA1 deposited under GenBank accessions LC062720-27
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