Submitted to: Genome Announcements
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/4/2014
Publication Date: 1/15/2015
Citation: Harrison, R.L., Rowley, D.L. 2015. Complete genome sequence of the strain of Lymantria dispar multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus found in the gypsy moth biopesticide, Virin-ENSh.. Genome Announcements. 3(1):e0147-14.
Interpretive Summary: The gypsy moth is a serious pest of trees and forests in the United States and elsewhere. Environmentally safe insecticides for suppressing gypsy moth outbreaks has been developed from gypsy moth viruses in both the USA and the former Soviet Union. In this study, the genetic sequence of the virus that comprises the former Soviet Union insecticide was determined. It was found that this virus was a different strain of the same virus species that is used in the USA gypsy moth insecticide. The information in this study contributes to progress towards improving gypsy moth virus-based insecticides, and will be of interest to those in academia, government, and industry who work with this group of insect viruses or with gypsy moth.
Technical Abstract: We report the genome sequence of an alphabaculovirus from the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) biopesticide, VirinENSh. The genome sequence is 161,712 bp, and its structure and sequence similarity indicates that the VirinENSh virus is a strain of the species Lymantria dispar multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus..