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Effect of the microsporidianPleistophora schubergionAnaitis efformata(Lepidoptera: Geometridae) and its elimination from a laboratory colony

Authors
Journal
Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
0022-2011
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
48
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0022-2011(86)90149-7
Keywords
  • Pleistophora Schubergi
  • Pathogenic Effects
  • Anaitis Efformata
  • Chemical Suppression Of Microsporidians
  • Cultural Elimination Of Microsporidians

Abstract

Abstract Infection by the microsporidian Pleistophora schubergi was lethal to most larvae of Anaitis efformata, while sublethal infection retarded development and led to reduced longevity, weight, fecundity, and mating success in adults. Fumagillin had no effect on the level of P. schubergi infection. Benomyl suppressed infection for as long as treatment was given, but the microsporidian resurged during the nonfeeding pupal stage. P. schubergi was not transmitted transovarially and this facilitated its elimination from the colony of A. efformata in one generation through selective individual mating and rearing of the moth.

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