Discovery of ’virus’ (25 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Editors
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.5.1: Dutch and Flemish Writing and Culture, 800-present.


Martinus Beijerinck (1851-1931) uses filtering experiments to show that tobacco mosaic disease is caused by something smaller than a bacteria which he names a virus

Editors. "Discovery of ’virus’". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2009
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