Explain the role of baculovirus as biocontrol agents. Mention their importance in organic farming.

Asked by pksunilnair | 3rd Oct, 2017, 03:43: PM

Expert Answer:

Baculoviruses have double stranded DNA that have species specific (the genus Nucleopolyhedrovirus) and narrow-based insecticidal properties and are used as biological control agents. They kill the insects and arthropods.
 
Since they do not have any negative effects on plants, they are used in organic farming. It is used to conserve beneficial insects and kill harmful ones. These beneficial insects are conserved to aid in Integrated Pest Management Programme. 

Answered by Sivanand Patnaik | 4th Oct, 2017, 07:42: AM