J. P. Burden

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Knowledge of the mechanisms of pathogen persistence in relation to fluctuations in host density is crucial to our understanding of disease dynamics. In the case of insect baculoviruses, which are typically transmitted horizontally via a lifestage that can persist outside the host, a key issue that remains to be elucidated is whether the virus can also be(More)
A cDNA clone of the gene coding for the paralytic neurotoxin (tox34) from the female straw itch mite, Pyemotes tritici, was created by RT-PCR and inserted into the genome of the Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) under the control of the AcMNPV p10 promoter. This recombinant virus, AcTOX34.4, caused a rigid paralysis in infected larvae.(More)
Actinomycetes are widespread in the environment and are mainly organotrophic. Studies of their ecology have been primarily focussed on their detection and isolation, with comparatively little attention to the control mechanisms that determine their occurrence and behaviour in their natural environments. This session provided some diverse examples of(More)
The genotypic relatedness of persistent baculovirus infections within UK populations of Mamestra brassicae was assessed by sequencing amplified regions from polyhedrin and ie1. Most populations harboured Mamestra brassicae (Mb) nucleopolyhedrosis virus (NPV) which showed very little genotypic variation between populations. However, one population harboured(More)
Insects are infected by a variety of pathogens, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, which have been studied largely for their potential as biocontrol agents, but are also important in insect conservation (biodiversity) and as model systems for other diseases. Whilst the dynamics of host-pathogen interactions are well-studied at the population level, less(More)
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