A member of a family of DNA viruses infecting only invertebrate animals. Some have a very specific insect host, and may be used in biological pest control.
- Dietary phenolics also can inhibit insect pathogenic baculoviruses.
- In the nuclei of caterpillar cells infected with baculoviruses, viral progeny multiply and are incorporated into protective polyhedron-shaped protein structures called occlusion bodies.
- And baculoviruses don't kill pest insects as rapidly as chemical insecticides.
1980s: from Latin baculum 'rod, stick' + virus.
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