The history of TMV roughly parallels the early history of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) that was founded in 1908 and celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. At the 50th anniversary meeting of APS, W. M. Stanley (APS member, Nobel prize 1946 for crystallization of TMV) commented that the papers on TMV "demonstrate in no uncertain terms the great debt that the field of general virology owes to plant virus research". At this same meeting, J. G. Horsfall stated: "The tobacco mosaic virus is leading us and will surely lead us further into a knowledge of what life itself really is."
As part of the celebration of a century of virology, a TMV symposium was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh in August 1998. Links to some of the original research on TMV, discussion regarding its significance to virology, and the significance of TMV as a plant pathogen are provided below.
Selected ReferencesBeijerinck, M.W. 1898. Concerning a contagium vivum fluidium as a cause of the spot-disease of tobacco leaves. Reprint from: Phytopathology Classics, Number 7. 1942. James Johnson, translator, APS Press. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL TEXT OF THIS WORK.
Creager, A.N., K.-B.G. Scholthof, V. Citovsky, H.B. Scholthof. 1999. Tobacco mosaic virus: Pioneering research for a century. Plant Cell. 11:301-308. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE FULL TEXT OF THIS ARTICLE.
Holton, C.S., G. W. Fischer, R. W. Fulton, H. Hart, and S. E. A. McCallan (eds.). 1959. Plant Pathology: Problems and Progress, 1908-1958. University of Wisconsin Press.
Scholthof, K.-B.G. 2000. Tobacco mosaic. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI: 10.1094/PHI-I-2000-1010-01. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THIS WORK.
Scholthof, K.-B.G., J.G. Shaw, M. Zaitlan (eds.). 1999. Tobacco mosaic virus: One hundred years of contributions to virology. APS Press. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Zaitlin, M. 1998. The discovery of the causal agent of the tobacco mosaic virus disease. In: "Discoveries in Plant Pathology," S.D. Kung and S.F. Yang (eds.). World Publishing Co., Ltd. Hong Kong. Pp. 105-110. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL TEXT OF THIS WORK.