We are sad to report the passing of Professor Hans Wolfgang Ackermann, a long-time contributor (since 1975) and life member of the ICTV. If you wish to leave condolences for his friends and family, please visit the following web site: http://www.fcfq.coop/avis-de-deces/hans-wolfgang-ackermann-139243/.
The ICTV Online (10th) Report on Virus Taxonomy is now available in a freely accessible format from the ICTV web site at http://ictv.global/report. Over a three-year cycle, ICTV Study Groups will update the information in the chapters of the 9th Report as well as produce chapters for newly created virus taxa. To start, updated chapters are available for the Ascoviridae and Flaviviridae families of viruses. Additional chapters will be added on a regular basis.
Summaries of the Online Report chapters will be published in the Journal of General Virology. These summaries will be linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and be indexed in PubMed.
The ICTV 9th Report on Virus Taxonomy is now available online in a freely accessible format from the ICTV web site at http://ictv.global/9th-report/. This online version contains a complete copy of all chapters published in 2011 in the printed Report. The 9th Report was based on the ICTV taxonomy of viruses released in 2009.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), we have published a paper in Archives of Virology that discusses the history of the ICTV, past and current developments in virus taxonomy, and future prospects. The paper can be downloaded from the AoV link above, or from the ICTV web site.
In June of 2016, the Wellcome Trust sponsored a meeting organized by ICTV Executive Committee members on metagenomic sequencing and its impact on virus classification. Meeting participants have published a consensus statement in Nature Reviews Microbiology that considers the rationale for why metagenomic sequence data should, and how it can, be incorporated into the ICTV taxonomy. This publication includes proposals endorsed by the Executive Committee of the ICTV for moving forward with metagenomic sequence classification. More information is available from this link.
A comment on this article has been published by the Editors of Nature Reviews Microbiology in: "A sea change for virology", Nature Reviews Microbiology 15, 129 (2017).
The 10th ICTV Report will be published as a freely available, online resource, starting in January 2017. Over a three-year cycle, ICTV Study Groups, consisting of leading experts in the field, will update the factual information in the chapters of the 9th Report as well as produce chapters for newly created viral taxa, and provide direct links from the new chapters to the latest taxonomic database. Links will also be provided to external sequence and taxonomic databases.
Collaboration Between the ICTV and Journal of General Virology to Publish Chapter Summaries: Also starting in January 2017, Journal of General Virology will publish ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles – a new series of concise review-type articles that will summarize individual chapters from the Online (10th) Report on Virus Taxonomy. Written by ICTV Study Groups, these reviews will provide overviews of the classification, structure and properties of individual virus orders, families and genera. These summaries will be linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and be indexed in PubMed.
Together, the summaries and online chapters will become the go-to place for researchers looking for up-to-date taxonomic and descriptive information on viruses.
The Online Report and the Taxonomy Profiles have been made possible thanks to a Biomedical Resources grant from the Wellcome Trust to the ICTV Executive Committee.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Eric Carstens has recently been elected as a Life Member of the ICTV. This follows nomination by the whole Executive Committee at its meeting in London in July 2015 and subsequent ratification by the entire voting membership. Eric is currently a Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and has a particular research interest in large DNA viruses that infect insects. Please see the article in Archives of Virology announcing his Life Membership.