chilli leaf curl virus

how should we write the ChiLCV in thesis? do we need to italicize this abbreviated form of chilli leaf curl virus?

  • When writing the formal species name, Chilli leaf curl virus, the name is capitalized and italicized. (e.g. “The virus I just isolated is a member of the species Chilli leaf curl virus”).  

    When referring to the virus, the name is written in lower case and not italicized:  “I recently purified an isolate of chilli leaf curl virus.” 

    Abbreviations are never italicized.