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Virus classification
Group: Group III (dsRNA)
Family: Reoviridae
Subfamily: Spinareovirinae
Genus: Fijivirus
Type Species

Fijivirus is a genus of viruses, in the family Reoviridae, in the subfamily Spinareovirinae. There are currently eight species in this genus including the type species Fiji disease virus. Diseases associated with this genus include: galls (tumours) in infected plants. FDV: Fiji disease, with severe stunting, deformation and death.[1][2]


Group: dsRNA



Fijivirus genome composition contains ten linear double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) and is carried within virus particles referred to as virions. The Fijivirus genome is constructed inside the virion and is non-enveloped. It contains two separate layers of capsids, an inner and an outer layer, which are constructed by proteins that shell the virus.The capsids are of icosahedral symmetry (T=2 for inner capsid, T=13 for outer capsid), and have an obvious round structure, which is on average 65–70 nm in diameter. Genomes are linear and segmented, around 4.5kb in length. The genome codes for 12 proteins.[1]

Genus Structure Symmetry Capsid Genomic arrangement Genomic segmentation
Fijivirus Icosahedral T=13, T=2 Non-enveloped Linear Segmented


Replications of the Fijivirus occurs within the cytoplasm; the virus will diffuse through the cytoplasm of the cell. Transcription of the dsRNA genome occurs inside the virion, and this is important so that the dsRNA is not exposed to the cytoplasm. Transcription results in a positive strand that is then used as the template for translation. The positive RNAs become enclosed within the virion, and then are transcribed to give RNA molecules. With the newly formed molecule, it then becomes base-paired to produce the dsRNA genomes as described above. Mature virions are released following cell death and the breakdown of the affected hosts plasma membrane.[3]

Genus Host details Tissue tropism Entry details Release details Replication site Assembly site Transmission
Fijivirus Plants: gramineae; plants: liliacea; planthoppers Phloem Viral movement; mechanical inoculation Cell death Cytoplasm Cytoplasm Delphacid plant hoppers


Host: Plants (Gramineae), and planthoppers (vectors)

The virus is transmitted by planthoppers, which are insects, or other types of organisms. The virus will infect the phloem tissues of their Gramineae hosts. If the presence of a gall appears, usually located on specific parts of the plant, it can represent the first sign of the virus (Pearson 2004). Replication can occur both in the host and the vector. The plant is unable to recover from the unexpected growth and therefore can become stunted, and can eventually die.

See also[edit]

The type species is Fiji disease virus.


  1. ^ a b "Viral Zone". ExPASy. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b ICTV. "Virus Taxonomy: 2014 Release". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Major source for information was retrieved from

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