A novel densovirus of Zophobas morio
Oppel, Susanne Elin
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The superworm, the larva of the Zophobas morio darkling beetle, is artificially bred and used commercially as feed for insectivorous animals. Sudden losses in large numbers (80-90%) of Z. morio larvae of a breeder in Budapest required the detection and investigation of the causative agent. Negative contrast electron microscopic investigations indicated that small (~20-30 nm in diameter) virion particles were present in the homogenates of diseased larvae.