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Main Title Simple System for the Preliminary Evaluation of Infectivity and Pathogenesis of Insect Virus in a Nontarget Estuarine Shrimp.
Author Couch, J. A. ; Martin, S. M. ; Tompkins, G. ; Kinney, J. ;
CORP Author Environmental Research Lab., Gulf Breeze, FL. ;Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, MD.
Year Published 1984
Report Number EPA/600/J-84/134;
Stock Number PB85-124618
Additional Subjects Insects ; Viruses ; Pest control ; Laboratory animals ; Shrimps ; Tests ; Infectious diseases ; Exposure ; Safety ; Diets ; Reprints ; Biological pest control ; Baculoviruses ; Autographa californica ; Alfalfa looper ; Palaemonetes vulgaris ; Grass shrimps
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB85-124618 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 9p
Biological control agents (biorationals) are increasingly important in pest control concepts. Certain insect viruses, particularly the baculoviruses (nuclear polyhedrosis viruses), are considered to have potential as biological pesticides, and could be used widely in the environment. Therefore, test animals must be selected and methods developed to evaluate the safety of biorationals to non-target species. A simple laboratory system has been designed and tested to determine risks of infectivity and pathogenicity of an insect Baculovirus, originally isolated from the Alfalfa looper Autographa californica, to a non-target arthropod, the grass shrimp, Palaemonetes vulgaris, by dietary exposure. This laboratory method also permits testing of other microbial biorationals against non-target aquatic species, and provides an inexpensive, procedure of safety testing.