The Partitiviridae is a family of small, isometric, non-enveloped viruses with bisegmented double-stranded (ds) RNA genomes of 3–4.8 kbp. The two genome segments are individually encapsidated. The family has five genera, with characteristic hosts for members of each genus: either plants or fungi for genera Alphapartitivirus and Betapartitivirus, fungi for genus Gammapartitivirus, plants for genus Deltapartitivirus and protozoa for genus Cryspovirus. Partitiviruses are transmitted intracellularly via seeds (plants), oocysts (protozoa) or hyphal anastomosis, cell division and sporogenesis (fungi); there are no known natural vectors. This is a summary of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) Report on the taxonomy of the Partitiviridae, which is available at www.ictv.global/report/partitiviridae.

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Published in Journal of General Virology, v. 99, issue 1, p. 17-18.

This is an open access article published by the Microbiology Society under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Production of this summary, the online chapter, and associated resources was funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust (WT108418AIA).

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Full ICTV Online (10th) Report: www.ictv.global/report/partitiviridae