A new Helicoverpa armigera Nucleopolyhedrovirus isolate from Heliothis peltigera (Denis & Schiffermuller) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in Turkey


Eroglu G. B. , NALÇACIOĞLU R. , DEMİRBAĞ Z.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF BIOLOGY, vol.43, no.5, pp.340-348, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.3906/biy-1902-64
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF BIOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.340-348

Abstract

This study reports a new Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV) isolated from Heliothis peltigera (Denis & Schiffermuller), collected in the vicinity of Adana, Turkey. Infection was confirmed by tissue polymerase chain reaction and sequence analysis. Results showed that dead H. peltigera larvae contain Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus. Thus, the isolate was named as HearNPV-TR. Microscopy studies indicated that occlusion bodies were 0.73 to 1.66 mu m in diameter. The nucleocapsids are approximately 184 x 41 nm in size. The genome of HearNPV-TR was digested with KpnI and XhoI enzymes and calculated as 130.5 kb. Phylogenetic analysis showed that HearNPV-TR has close relation with the H. armigera SNPV-1073 China isolate. The Kimura analysis confirmed that the isolate is a variant of H. armigera NPV. Bioassays were performed using six different concentrations (1 x 10(3) to 1 x 10(8) occlusion bodies (OBs)/mL) on 2nd instar larvae of H. peltigera, H. armigera, Heliothis viriplaca, Heliothis nubigera. LC50 values were calculated to be 9.5 x 10(3), 1.9 x 10(4), 8.6 x 10(4) and 9.2 x 10(4) OBs/mL within 14 days, respectively. Results showed that it is a promising biocontrol agent against Heliothinae species.