Virologica Sinica

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 128–136 | Cite as

Nudivirus genomics: Diversity and classification

  • Yong-jie Wang
  • John P. Burand
  • Johannes A. Jehle1Email author


Nudiviruses represent a diverse group of arthropod specific, rod-shaped and dsDNA viruses. Due to similarities in pathology and morphology to members of the family Baculoviridae, they have been previously classified as the so-called “non-occluded” baculoviruses. However, presently they are taxonomically orphaned and are not assigned to any virus family because of the lack of genetic relatedness to Baculoviridae,. Here, we report on recent progress in the genomic analysis of Heliothis zea nudivirus 1 (HzNV-1), Oryctes rhinoceros nudivirus (OrNV), Gryllus bimaculatus nudivirus (GbNV) and Heliotis zea nudivirus 2 (HzNV-2). Gene content comparison and phylogenetic analyses indicated that the viruses share 15 core genes with baculoviruses and form a monophyletic sister group to them. Consequences of the genetic relationship are discussed for the classification of nudiviruses.

Key words

Nudiviruses Baculoviruses Diversity Genomics Phylogeny Classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong-jie Wang
    • 1
  • John P. Burand
    • 2
  • Johannes A. Jehle1
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory for Biotechnological Crop Protection, Department of PhytopathologyAgricultural Service Center Palatinate (DLR Rheinpfalz)Neustadt an der WeinstrasseGermany
  2. 2.Plant, Soil and Insect SciencesUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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