Potential of a granulovirus isolate to control Phthorimaea operculella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)

In this study a Brazilian granulovirus strain, PhopGV, isolated from the potato tuber moth (PTM) Phthorimaea operculella, was investigated regarding its potential for biological control and in vivo production. The relationship between mortality of P. operculella larvae and virus concentration was determined at different temperatures on potato tubers and susceptibility of P. operculella to PhopGV was also determined on potato leaves. Virulence of PhopGV to P. operculella was not affected by temperatures from 18 to 30°C. The median lethal concentration (LC50) of larvae fed on potato foliage treated with PhopGV was not higher than that verified with larvae fed on treated tubers.

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