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. A new VMR based on MSL33 was posted on December 20, 2018.
There will be an expedited ratification of a selected set of taxonomic proposals that were discussed during the 49th meeting of the ICTV Executive Committee (EC49) in Singapore in July 2017, and approved during EC50 in Washington DC in July 2018. These proposals are available in the Ratification section of the ICTV web site. Ratification of all other proposals approved during EC50 will take place as usual, next spring.
The Microbiology Society annual conference held in Birmingham (UK) on 10-13 April 2018 featured an all-day symposium and half-day workshop on the global virome. A report from the conference is available in the Meetings section of the ICTV web site.
Professor Marc van Regenmortel, a past ICTV President and ICTV life member was honored with a symposium held on the 29th of June, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. A report from the Symposium is available in the Meetings section of the ICTV web site.
Taxonomic proposals submitted over the past year will be reviewed by the ICTV Executive Committee during its 50th annual meeting to be held in Washington DC, July 11-13, 2018. Proposals under consideration can be viewed in the Files section of this site.
Join us for this ICTV-sponsored Satellite Symposium at this year's ASV meeting, July 14, 2018, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Professor Marc van Regenmortel, a past ICTV President and ICTV life member, will end his 20-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Virology in August, 2018. To honor Marc’s service and celebrate his scientific achievements, the Medical University of Vienna and Springer, the publisher of Archives of Virology, are organizing a one-day scientific symposium on Friday, June 29th, 2018, at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
The full provisional program as well as details about registration (which is free) and contact emails can be found at http://www.springer.com/biomed/medical+microbiology/journal/705. Marc’s successor as Editor-in-Chief, Tim Skern, is the scientific organizer of the symposium.
New templates for submitting proposals for new taxonomy are now available from https://talk.ictvonline.org/files/taxonomy-proposal-templates/m/templates.To prepare and submit proposals, please download all three files and read the Help file for detailed information on the submission process.
The deadline for this year's proposal submissions to Subcommittee Chairs is Wednesday, June 6.
The article, "Why virus taxonomy is important", published in Microbiology Today by Stuart Siddell, ICTV Vice President, discusses the importance of virus taxonomy and its role in helping to define the evolutionary relationships between viruses and understand the consequences of virus diversity.
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.