n African Entomology - Morphological and genetic characterization of a South African granulovirus (GV) isolate : short communication

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



(L.) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), also known as diamondback moth, is a destructive insect pest of cruciferous crops (Talekar & Shelton 1993; Shelton 2004). The pest occurs wherever its host plants are cultivated and the global annual cost of damage and control is estimated to be US$4-5 billion (Zalucki 2012). The extensive use of synthetic pesticides for control combined with the high fecundity of has resulted in the pest developing resistance to nearly all classes of insecticides (Grzywacz 2009). Moreover, these chemicals have negative environmental implications and may affect non-target species, some of which are natural enemies of the pest.

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