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    • Keywords


      Actias seleneM; bacterial infection; baculovirus; Indian moon moth; Morganella morganii

    • Abstract


      The outbreak of an infectious disease in captive-bred Lepidoptera can cause death of all the caterpillars within days. A mixed baculoviral–bacterial infection observed among Actias selene (Hübner 1807), the Indian moon moth (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), larvae was characterized and followed by a photographic documentation of the disease progression. The etiological agents were determined using mass spectrometry and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). It appeared that the disease was caused by a mixed infection of larvae with a baculovirus and Morganella morganii. A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the virus and microbiological description of the pathogenic bacterium are presented.

    • Author Affiliations


      Marta A Skowron1 2 Beata Guzow-Krzemińska1 Sylwia Barańska1 Paulina Jędrak1 Grzegorz Węgrzyn1

      1. Department of Molecular Biology, Division of Biology, University of Gdansk, Wita Stwosza 59, 80-308, Gdansk, Poland
      2. Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Institute for Environmental and Human Health Protection, Division of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, Wita Stwosza 63, 80-308, Gdansk, Poland
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