African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5230


Baculoviruses and insect pests control in China

Miao Miao Yang1,2,3, Meng Lou Li1*, Yong an Zhang2#, Yu Zhu Wang2, Liang Jian Qu2, Qing Hua Wang2, and Jin Ying Ding3
  1Forestry Entomology Laboratory of Academic Forestry, Northwest Agriculture and Forest University, Yangling, China. 2The Key Laboratory of Forest Protection, State Forestry Administration of China, Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091, China. 3Ningxia Agricultural School, Yinchuan 750000, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 December 2011
  •  Published: 16 January 2012


China is rich in insect viruses. Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus (HaSNPV), was the first commercial insecticide registered in 1993. Subsequently, 13 viral insecticides were registered and released into the market as pesticides, including nine nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV), three granulovirus (GV), one densonucleosis virus (DNV), and one cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus (CPV). Industrial exploitation of viruses in China started more than three decades ago. To date, at least 24 baculovirus insecticides have been or are currently used in field trials in China, 12 of which are unregistered. Examples of successful applications and benefits of entomopathogenic viruses as microbial insecticides are presented in the current paper. However, chemical prevention is still the main measure for the management of insect pests in China. Effective public extension services, government policies, and farmer education are important to expand the use of viral insecticides as well as for the further development in the production and use of these insecticides.

Key words: Microbial control, baculoviruses, viral insecticide, sustainable agriculture.