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Letter to the Editor

Nomenclature for Pathogenicity and Virulence: Precision vs. Tradition. D. Andrivon. INRA, Plant Pathology Station, Domaine de la Motte, BP 29, F-35650 Le Rheu, France. Phytopathology 85:518-519. Accepted for publication 7 February 1995. Copyright 1995 by The American Phytopathological Society. doi:10.1094/Phyto-85-518.

In a recent reply to my letter on the nomenclature of pathogenicity-related terms (1), Hunt (3) objected to several definitions I proposed or backed, and advocated "sticking to definitions of terms and understanding of concepts that originated deep within our academic family tree." However, Hunt missed several important points, making his position difficult to accept.