A brief selection from some of the reviews on 'Plant Viruses'
In this concise
yet comprehensive introductory textbook, Lute Bos describes, with obvious enthusiasm,
the complex life of plant viruses and their importance to humankind. All chapters
are particularly clearly structured and simply labelled, and have the key words
and phrases emboldened to assist readers. The book illustrates the international
nature of virology and its examples have been selected from work carried out
in all parts of the world. It is well produced; the photographs, including some
in colour, and also the diagrams and tables, are well selected and clear. In
summary, this is a major scholarly work of great value to established research
workers and students alike.
Adrian Gibbs in Plant Pathology 50 (2001): 136.
As would be expected
of an author with over 46 years of productive and innovative research on plant
viruses, Dr Bos has produced a book which is a thorough, well-illustrated and
an up-to-date account of the subject. It can therefore be recommended unreservedly
as an authoritative primary source of information for inexperienced as well
as practising plant virologists, general plant pathologists, agricultural extension
workers, advanced students and all those interested in crop protection.
A.A. Brunt in J. Phytopathol. 148, 2000: 637
Those who are familiar
with the books and other publications of the Netherlands plant virologist, Lute
Bos, will welcome this latest volume. The book is packed with information that
is presented in a very clear format that makes much use of bold and italic text
to introduce specific terms and definitions and their derivation. There is a
good balance between the treatment of viruses and the diseases they cause and
between the laboratory and field aspects. Moreover, the distinctive attitude
of the author is all pervasive and provides a strong unifying theme to the entire
book. This is apparent from the reference to `unique and intriguing pathogens'
in the title and at many other points in the text. New findings are presented
in an appropriate historical context, and Chapter 1 on the discovery of viruses
and virus-like organisms and the early history of virology is outstanding, as
to be expected from the particular interest and expertise of the author on these
topics. The overall English style (of the book) is seldom less than felicitous
…. The book is an excellent source of information and contains a wealth
of references. …. It can be stated with confidence that 'Plant Viruses'
will be warmly welcomed by students, researchers and all those concerned with
J.M. Thresh in Crop Protection 20 (2001): 173
The well written
chapters are thoroughly up-to-date and amply and clearly illustrated with numerous
photographs and drawings. The volume constitutes a comprehensive encyclopedia
of all aspects of plant virology, compiling and summarizing the current knowledge
about the subject in a well organized manner. The emphasis on control measures,
disease prevention, ecological aspects and human interaction have been masterfully
presented, reflecting the author's personal engagement in worldwide research
on the input of viruses on agricultural practices.This important textbook constitutes
a comprehensive manual of the state-of-the-art procedures, because the author
has provided a much needed description of cutting-edge methods for the identification,
study and control of plant viruses and virus diseases. Each procedure is fully
described and special emphasis is given to recent discoveries. The information
in this definitive volume is supported by the vast experience of the author,
who has worked with temperate and tropical plant virus diseases and who himself
has used the newest test procedures.
I considered this book a real new classic. The accuracy is impeccable and the level of clarity is uniformly high. This absorbing treatise was impossible to stop reading, because in addition to presenting an impressive description of plant viruses and viruses diseases, Dr Bos gave his personal touch to issues that are hotly debated both in America and in Europe, where genetic engineering of plants has come under fire. This preeminent treatise will be of great value to plant virologists and pathologists, crop protection workers and molecular biologists. It will serve as a reference text and as a source of ideas for future basic and applied plant virology research for years to come. It will be a valuable addition not only to university and college libraries but also to personal libraries of those studying plant diseases.
K. Maramorosch in Virus Research 81 (2001): 163
And last but not
What may be termed the Bos style and approach is particularly evident in the epilogue (Chapter 13) which in the author's own words finally places the information on plant viruses and human involvement in a philosophical perspective. It emphasises the complexity of life and how we will never be ready in our dealings with viruses'. This chapter is brief but challenging and develops the author's strongly held views on the need to 'deal with nature as stewards rather than exploiters' and for 'balance between mere technology and holism, or between knowledge and belief'.
J.M. Thresh in Crop Protection 20 (2001): 173