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The Polyhedral Virus of Heliothis armigera (Hbn.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

Nature volume 180, pages 764765 (12 October 1957) | Download Citation



ACCORDING to Steinhaus1, Mally2 may have been the first to mention in 1891 a wilt disease in Heliothis armigera (Hbn.). Later reports of this disease came from Glaser and Chapman3, Parsons4, and Stahler5. Because of the economic importance of this insect and the possible use of the virus for control purposes it was decided to investigate the causative agent.

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  1. Laboratory of Insect Pathology, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

    • G. H. BERGOLD
  2. Fisons Pest Control, Ltd., Bourn, Cambridge.

    • W. E. RIPPER


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