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Main Title Genetically Engineered Baculoviruses as Agents for Pest Control.
Author Wood, H. A. ; Granados, R. R. ;
CORP Author Boyce Thompson Inst. for Plant Research, Ithaca, NY.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.;Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.;Forest Service, Washington, DC.
Publisher c1991
Year Published 1991
Report Number EPA-R-815831-01-0 ;USDA-88037263-3700;
Stock Number PB93-150175
Additional Subjects Baculoviridae ; Biological insect control ; Pest control ; Genetic engineering ; Field tests ; Reprints ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB93-150175 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 21p
Baculoviruses constitute one of the largest and most diverse groups of insect pathogenic viruses. Numerous experimental field trials between 1950 and 1960 demonstrated the usefulness of baculoviruses as viral insecticides; however, with the concurrent advent of numerous synthetic pesticides with broad-spectrum, low cost, and high insecticidal activity, viral insecticides failed to become a commercial success. During the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, it became clear that the overdependence on chemical pesticides for pest control created numerous unacceptable agricultural, environmental, and human-health problems. The paper examines the current status of pesticidal baculoviruses, their genetic improvement, and the field-release testing of modified viruses.