Exploring sub-lethal effects of exposure to a nucleopolyhedrovirus in the speckled wood (Pararge aegeria) butterfly

Hesketh, Helen; Gibbs, Melanie; Breuker, Casper J.; Van Dyck, Hans; Turner, Emma; Hails, Rosemary. 2012 Exploring sub-lethal effects of exposure to a nucleopolyhedrovirus in the speckled wood (Pararge aegeria) butterfly. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 109 (1). 165-168.

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This study investigated the sub-lethal effects of larval exposure to baculovirus on host life history and wing morphological traits using a model system, the speckled wood butterfly Pararge aegeria (L.) and the virus Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus. Males and females showed similar responses to the viral infection. Infection significantly reduced larval growth rate, whilst an increase in development time allowed the critical mass for pupation to be attained. There was no direct effect of viral infection on the wing morphological traits examined. There was, however, an indirect effect of resisting infection; larvae that took longer to develop had reduced resource investment in adult flight muscle mass.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Hails
ISSN: 0022-2011
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: The attached documents are the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 109 (1). 165-168. 10.1016/j.jip.2011.10.013
Additional Keywords: Pararge aegeria, baculovirus, sub-lethal, wing morphology, development time
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 04 Jan 2012 16:51 +0 (UTC)

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