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Biology of Baculovirus and Use of Baculovirus in Pest Control
AuthorSeneviratne, Maryanne N.
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Members of the baculovirus family Baculoviridae have circular double-stranded DNA and can be used as biopesticide agents. This virus causes cell death inside the midgut of insects, specifically the insects that belong to the order Lepidoptera. Here we will be reviewing recent discoveries related to the baculovirus, the biology of these viruses, current research on baculovirus, and future directions in the field of baculovirus research, and practical applications baculovirus. Specifically, we will focus on the ways the baculovirus can be genetically modified to serve as a biopesticide agent in agricultural and forest management practices against invasive species. The baculovirus can cause changes in behavioral patterns in insect hosts; however, our main focus will be on understanding the baculovirus as an efficient way to control pests in agricultural and forest areas.