Beijerinck's work on tobacco mosaic virus: historical context and legacy.

  title={Beijerinck's work on tobacco mosaic virus: historical context and legacy.},
  author={L. Bos},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={354 1383},
  • L. Bos
  • Published 29 March 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences
Beijerinck's entirely new concept, launched in 1898, of a filterable contagium vivum fluidum which multiplied in close association with the host's metabolism and was distributed in phloem vessels together with plant nutrients, did not match the then prevailing bacteriological germ theory. At the time, tools and concepts to handle such a new kind of agent (the viruses) were non-existent. Beijerinck's novel idea, therefore, did not revolutionize biological science or immediately alter human… 

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