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TORQUATO, Ednéia F.B.; MIRANDA NETO, Marcílio H. de; BRANCALHAO, Rose M.C. and FRANCO, Valdeni S.. Nucleopolyhedrovirus: scanning electron microscopy technique. Neotrop. Entomol. [online]. 2006, vol.35, n.6, pp. 787-790. ISSN 1519-566X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1519-566X2006000600011.
A simplified methodology was developed to study the geometric form of multiple Bombyx mori Nucleopolyhedrovirus by scanning electron microscopy. The virus belongs to Baculoviridae family and was isolated from the silkworm Bombyx mori (L.) (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae). The polyhedra of Nucleopolyhedrovirus were obtained from the filtrate, inoculum and hemolymph of the silkworm experimentally infected with nuclear polyhedra. This material was placed on stubs, where a copper tape was previously adhered. After dry at room temperature the virus was covered with carbon and gold. Scanning electron microscopy analysis reveled a well defined morphology for the polyhedra of multiple Bombyx mori Nucleopolyhedrovirus, making possible the mathematical study that identified it as a truncated octahedron. The form of the polyhedron can present taxonomic value, once it is specific for each viral lineage.
Keywords : Baculovirus; Bombyx mori; BmMNPV; polyhedra; truncated octahedron.