Insect Iridescent Viruses

  • D. C. Kelly
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 116)

Abstract

Insects act as hosts to a variety of viruses, some of which are also able to infect plants, some of which are also able to infect animals other than insects, and some which apparently multiply exclusively in insects. The latter group comprises the granulosis and nuclear polyhedrosis viruses (Bellett 1969), the cytoplasmic polyhedrosis viruses (Xeros 1952), and the entomopox viruses (Vago 1963), all of which are “occluded” with a protein matrix in the later stages of infection in insects; and also viruses free from this matrix, the so-called non-occluded viruses (Grace and Mercer 1965) comprising a heterogeneous group including picorna-, birna-, parvo- and iridescent viruses. By far the largest group of non-occluded viruses is the iridescent virus group, with some 30 viruses provisionally recognized (Tinsley and Kelly 1970; Tinsley and Harrap 1978); a number of recently described viruses are also eligible for inclusion within this group.

Keywords

Crystallization Hydrate Agar Hexagonal Shrinkage 

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  • D. C. Kelly
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  1. 1.NERC Institute of VirologyOxfordUK

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