Successful transmission of Solenopsis invicta virus 3 to field colonies of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Steven M. Valles, David H. Oi

Abstract


Solenopsis invicta virus 3 (SINV-3) is a positive sense, single stranded virus that exhibits host specificity toward saevissima complex fire ants. The virus is being considered for release as a biological control agent in areas in which the virus is absent. This study demonstrates that field transmission is possible.

 

El virus Solenopsis invicta 3 (SINV-3) es un virus de sentido positivo con cadena sencilla que muestra una especificidad del hospedero hacia el complejo saevissima de la hormiga de fuego. La liberación del virus está siendo considerado como un agente de control biológico en áreas en las que el virus no está presente. Este estudio demuestra que la transmisión de campo es posible.

 

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Keywords


biopesticide; classical biological control agent; fire ant saevissima complex; single stranded RNA virus

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