Beak and Feather Disease Virus

Authored by: Ana Margarida Henriques , Teresa Fagulha , Miguel Fevereiro

Molecular Detection of Animal Viral Pathogens

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498700368
eBook ISBN: 9781498700375
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Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) is the causative agent of a disease associated with feather dystrophy and beak deformity in psittacine birds named psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD).1 The virus belongs to the genus Circovirus in the Circoviridae family that includes the smallest known viruses. All members of this genus share similar morphology and genome organization. Circoviruses are nonenveloped viruses with icosahedral nucleocapsids that contain a single-stranded circular DNA genome of about 2000 nucleotides.

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