Canadian Forest Service Publications
The nature of insect baculoviruses. 1995. Arif, B.M. Pages 108-113 in P.J. Charest and L.C. Duchesne, compilers. Recent Progress in Biotechnology in Canada. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Petawawa National Forestry Institute, Chalk River, Ontario, Information Report PI-X-120.
Available from: Great Lakes Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 9624
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Considerable effort around the world is being devoted to the development of biological alternatives to the use of chemical pesticides. For forestry purposes, the baculoviruses present excellent potential. These viruses can be genetically engineered to act as expression vectors for foreign proteins such as vaccines or to increase their efficacy as biopesticides by introducing genes such as the Bacillus thuringiensis d-endotoxin gene or insect hormone genes. It is, however, essential to demonstrate the safety of recombinant baculoviruses to non-target organisms and to the environment before they are used in integrated pest management strategies.
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