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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.
- ‘And baculoviruses don't kill pest insects as rapidly as chemical insecticides.’
- ‘This baculovirus is highly specific for mosquitoes and isn't known to be detrimental to people, plants, or wildlife.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The team adapted the outer layer, or ‘coat,’ from a baculovirus, a virus that infects butterflies and moths, onto another modified virus.’
1980s: from Latin baculum ‘rod, stick’ + virus.
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