Experimental mixtures of Phthorimaea operculella granulovirus isolates provide high biological efficacy on both Phthorimaea operculella and Tecia solanivora (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
In the present study, the effect of sequential passages of PhopGV in P. operculella and T. solanivora larvae was analyzed through biological assays. Three different mixtures containing a Peruvian PhopGV isolate (Peru) adapted to P. operculella and a Colombian PhopGV isolate (VG003) adapted to T. solanivora were tested. A preliminary analysis of the correlation between the genotypic marker egt gene and the level of pathogenicity after a variable number of replication cycles was made. Mixtures of virus isolates showed a higher efficacy in both hosts compared to individual PhopGV isolates. This higher pathogenicity was maintained through passages. In P. operculella the mixtures were between 2.8 and 23.6-fold (from 7.15OB/mm2 to 0.10OB/mm2) more pathogenic than isolate Peru applied alone.