Viral Insecticides for Biological Control

Viral Insecticides for Biological Control

1st Edition - April 17, 1985

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  • Editor: Karl Maramorosch
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323142373

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Viral Insecticides for Biological Control focuses on the basic as well as applied aspects of viral insecticides, which have the potential to significantly reduce the current reliance on chemical pesticide technology. This book serves as a guide for the development of means to identify hazardous problems and prevent them. Organized into six parts with a total of 23 chapters, this book describes the taxonomy, nomenclature, identification, physical, biological, as well as chemical characteristics, replication, and pathology of insect viruses. This reference material also explores the dispersal, stability, and utilization of insect viruses as biological control agents. The factors and considerations that must be taken into account when a viral insecticide is sought as a large-scale commercial alternative to other more traditional methods of pest control are also addressed. Because this reference material collates information in this field of interest, it will benefit a wide audience of readers, including researchers, students, and those working directly in crop protection.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    I Taxonomy and Identification

    Taxonomy and Nomenclature of Insect Pathogenic Viruses

    Classification, Identification, and Detection of Insect Viruses by Serologic Techniques

    Viral Proteins for the Identification of Insect Viruses

    II Pathology

    Pathology Associated with Baculovirus Infection

    Pathology Associated with Cytoplasmic Polyhedrosis Viruses

    Pathobiology of Invertebrate Icosahedral Cytoplasmic Deoxyriboviruses (Iridoviridae)

    Pathology Associated with Densoviruses

    Pathology Associated with Small RNA Viruses of Insects

    III Ecology and Environmental Biology

    Natural Dispersal of Baculoviruses in the Environment

    Stability of Insect Viruses in the Environment

    Development of Viral Resistance in Insect Populations

    The Safety of Insect Viruses as Biological Control Agents

    The Role of Viruses in the Ecosystem

    IV Physical, Biological, and Chemical Characteristics

    Structure and Physical Characteristics of Baculoviruses

    The Nature of Polyhedrin

    V Replication

    The Replication of Iridoviruses in Host Cells

    The Replication of Baculoviruses

    The Replication Schemes of Insect Viruses in Host Cells

    Quantitation of Insect Viruses

    Receptors in the Infection Process

    Multiple Virus Interactions

    VI Production and Field Application

    Considerations in the Large-Scale and Commercial Production of Viral Insecticides

    Strategies for Field Use of Baculoviruses


Product details

  • No. of pages: 822
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1985
  • Published: April 17, 1985
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323142373

About the Editor

Karl Maramorosch

Professor Karl Maramorosch works at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

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Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

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