Viral Insecticides for Biological Control - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124702950, 9780323142373

Viral Insecticides for Biological Control

1st Edition

Editors: Karl Maramorosch
eBook ISBN: 9780323142373
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th April 1985
Page Count: 822
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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



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



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Karl Maramorosch

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

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