High levels of genetic diversity in Spodoptera exempta NPV from Tanzania

Redman, Elizabeth M.; Wilson, Kenneth; Grzywacz, David; Cory, Jenny S.. 2010 High levels of genetic diversity in Spodoptera exempta NPV from Tanzania. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 105 (2). 190-193.

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The African armyworm, Spodoptera exempta, is a major pest in sub-Saharan Africa. A nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) is often recorded in later population outbreaks and can cause very high levels of mortality. Research has been addressing whether this NPV can be developed into a strategic biological control agent. As part of this study, the variation in natural populations of NPV is being studied. An isolate of S. exempta NPV was cloned in vivo and found to contain at least 17 genetically-distinct genotypes. These genotypes varied in size from approximately 115 to 153 kb.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hails
ISSN: 0022-2011
Additional Keywords: armyworm, Lepidoptera, Baculovirus, Nucleopolyhedrovirus, genetic diversity, phylogeny
NORA Subject Terms: Zoology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 03 Mar 2011 10:31 +0 (UTC)

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