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 crop protection.
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 least:

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