Viruses of Insects

  • N. F. Moore
  • L. A. King
  • R. D. Possee
Mini Review


Viruses have been identified in a large number of insect species and many have been shown to have a regulating effect on natural populations of insects. Increasing dissatisfaction with the use of chemical pesticides has resulted in a search for biological control agents such as viruses. A number of insect viruses, primarily the occluded viruses (baculoviruses and cytoplasmic polyhedrosis viruses) have been used effectively to control pest species of insects. This review describes the major groups of viruses which infect insects and the areas of research that are being pursued.

Key Words

Insect viruses control replication 


Des virus ont été identifie’s dans un grand nombre d’espèces d’insectes. L’usage des produits chimiques ont été insatisfaisants résultant ainsi en l’orientation de la recherche vers les agents de contrôle biologique tels les virus. Un certain nombre de virus parasitaires en particulier (les baculovirus et les virus polyhedrose cytoplasm) se sont démontrés efficaces dans le contrôle des espèces d’insectes nuisibles. Ce doenment déen’t les principaux groupes de virus affectent les insectes et les liques de recherche envisagées..


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  • N. F. Moore
    • 1
  • L. A. King
    • 1
  • R. D. Possee
    • 1
  1. 1.Natural Environment Research CouncilInstitute of VirologyOxfordUK

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