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The ICTV Executive Committee has sent a set of new taxonomy proposals to the ICTV membership (Executive Committee members, Life members, Subcommittee members, Study Group Chairs, and National Representatives) for their approval. The deadline for ratification voting is February 23, 2018. Following successful ratification, proposals will become official taxonomy, and will be incorporated into the new, 2017 Master Species List.
A meeting report provided by Andrew Davison on the 26th IVS meeting is available under the 'Meetings' section of this web site.
An article appearing in the Nucleic Acids Research 2018 Database issue, "Virus taxonomy: the database of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)" describes the ICTV database and the web-based tools available to query that database: Lefkowitz EJ, Dempsey DM, Hendrickson RC, Orton RJ, Siddell SG, Smith DB. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017 Oct 13. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx932. PubMed PMID: 29040670.
The Virus Metadata Resource (VMR) is a downloadable spreadsheet that provides information on exemplar viruses for each species. This information includes GenBank and RefSeq accession numbers for exemplar viruses and isolate and common names for viruses belonging to a species.
Minutes from the 2017 ICTV Plenary session held during the Singapore International Congress of Virology can be found here.
The ICTV announces the following changes to the Executive Committee following retirement of several long-standing members and the election of new members during the 49th EC meeting and Plenary session at the IUMS Conference in Singapore, July 2017:
We would like to thank our retiring members for their many years of service on the Executive Committee and wish them all the best in their future endeavors:
We welcome our three new Executive Committee members who will be serving as Elected Members:
We finally recognize current EC members who will be serving in new roles:
The 2017 ICTV Newsletter #14, July 2017 has been released. The Newsletter can be downloaded here.
To view (and comment on) proposals that have been submitted to the ICTV for consideration at this year’s Executive Committee meeting this July in Singapore, please see the files listed by Subcommittee at https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/proposals/. Since each proposal requires two files (a description of the proposal and a spreadsheet detailing the taxonomic changes), the two files have been combined together as a single .zip archive for downloading.
The deadline for submission of taxonomy proposals for 2017 is June 8, 2017. Please see https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/taxonomy-proposal-templates/ for more information.
The next ICTV Executive Committee meeting will be held in conjunction with the 17th International Congress of Virology (ICV) that is part of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) meeting in Singapore. All virologists are invited to the ICTV plenary session to be held during the IUMS2017 congress, on Monday 17 July, 11:30-12:30 at the Marina Bay Sands Conference Centre. The plenary session provides an opportunity to meet members of the Executive Committee, and to hear reports of ICTV activity over the last three years from the President and each of the Subcommittees. Voting members of ICTV (Life Members, National Members and Subcommittee members) can also participate in elections to many of the positions on the Executive Committee for the period 2017-2020. Please see the ICV Congress program for the location of the Plenary session. Infomration on the elections, along with profiles of the candidates can be found at https://talk.ictvonline.org/information/w/elections
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.
Summaries of the Online Report chapters are published in the Journal of General Virology, ICTV Virus Taxonomy Profiles section. These summaries are linked to the full Online Report chapters on the ICTV website and are 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.