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Characterisation of a nucleopolyhedrovirus and Spiroplasma sp. bacterium associated with outbreaking populations of the Antler moth Cerapteryx graminis

Graham, Robert I. and Hartley, Laura and Wilson, Kenneth (2011) Characterisation of a nucleopolyhedrovirus and Spiroplasma sp. bacterium associated with outbreaking populations of the Antler moth Cerapteryx graminis. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 107 (1). pp. 90-93. ISSN 0022-2011

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Abstract

A broad survey was undertaken to characterise microbes associated with larval outbreaks of the Antler moth Cerapteryx graminis in Cumbria, United Kingdom. A nucleopolyhedrovirus present in all sampled populations at <= 5% prevalence, was characterised via restriction fragment length polymorphism and partial sequencing the Polyhedrin, Lef-8 and Lef-9 genes; indicating a previously uncharacterised species most closely related to Agrotis ipsilon NPV. A survey of the host-associated bacterial community detected a species phylogenetically related to Spiroplasma sp., a male-killing phenotype previously isolated from Lepidoptera and Coleoptera, present at < 63% prevalence in larvae. The implications of these associated microbes for host population dynamics are discussed. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
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ID Code: 57980
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2012 10:17
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57980

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