Archives of Virology

, Volume 151, Issue 7, pp 1257–1266 | Cite as

On the classification and nomenclature of baculoviruses: A proposal for revision

  • J. A. Jehle
  • G. W. Blissard
  • B. C. Bonning
  • J. S. Cory
  • E. A. Herniou
  • G. F. Rohrmann
  • D. A. Theilmann
  • S. M. Thiem
  • J. M. Vlak
Brief Review


Recent evidence from genome sequence analyses demands a substantial revision of the taxonomy and classification of the family Baculoviridae. Comparisons of 29 baculovirus genomes indicated that baculovirus phylogeny followed the classification of the hosts more closely than morphological traits that have previously been used for classification of this virus family. On this basis, dipteran- and hymenopteran-specific nucleopolyhedroviruses (NPV) should be separated from lepidopteran-specific NPVs and accommodated into different genera. We propose a new classification and nomenclature for the genera within the baculovirus family. According to this proposal the updated classification should include four genera: Alphabaculovirus (lepidopteran-specific NPV), Betabaculovirus (lepidopteran-specific Granuloviruses), Gammabaculovirus (hymenopteran-specific NPV) and Deltabaculovirus (dipteran-specific NPV).


Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Virus Taxonomy Baculovirus Genome Invertebr Pathol Choristoneura Fumiferana 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Jehle
    • 1
  • G. W. Blissard
    • 2
  • B. C. Bonning
    • 3
  • J. S. Cory
    • 4
  • E. A. Herniou
    • 5
  • G. F. Rohrmann
    • 6
  • D. A. Theilmann
    • 7
  • S. M. Thiem
    • 8
  • J. M. Vlak
    • 9
  1. 1.Abteilung Phytomedizin, DLR RheinpfalzNeustadt/WstrGermany
  2. 2.Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  3. 3.Department of EntomologyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  4. 4.Algoma UniversitySault Ste MarieCanada
  5. 5.Division of BiologyImperial College LondonAscotUK
  6. 6.Department of MicrobiologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  7. 7.Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaSummerlandCanada
  8. 8.Department of Entomology and Department of Microbiology and Molecular GeneticsMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  9. 9.Laboratoy of Virology, Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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