Brachypodium and plant viruses: entwined tools for discovery. Academic Article uri icon


  • In just a decade, Brachypodium distachyon (Brachypodium) has fulfilled its initial promise as a key tool for realizing new strategies for understanding host and pathogen biology during virus infections of the Poaceae. For this Tansley Insight, I have identified four areas - from the laboratory to the field - that may be particularly fruitful to explore, with a particular focus on Brachypodium-virus infections. These focus areas include: mechanisms of RNA modification of host plants and viruses; coevolution of virus-host interactions; viruses as tools of discovery; and how to explicate the complex outcomes during multivirus infections. Here, I broadly frame our current knowledge of Brachypodium-virus interactions and how these findings may inform virus studies of grasses in the laboratory, field and natural settings.

published proceedings

  • New Phytol

altmetric score

  • 1.85

author list (cited authors)

  • Scholthof, K.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Scholthof, Karen-Beth G

publication date

  • September 2020