The article presents the results of bioassaying 39 samples of TM Biocontrol-1, a viral insecticide, from 10 different lots and various sizes of vacuum-sealed packages that were stored at −10°C for 5–15 yr. This is the first study to present potency data for a registered virus product stored for this length of time. Laboratory bioassays in insects from the same colony from which the TM Biocontrol-1 was produced showed that the stored viral insecticide is still effective, although it lost ≈30% of its effectiveness during storage. A direct correlation of this loss with the length of time in storage is not apparent. Bioassays also showed that there are significant differences in the susceptibility of Douglas-fir tussock moth, Orgyia pseudotsugata (McDunnough), larvae from different geographic regions to OpMNPV (family Baculoviridae, genus Nucleopolyhedrovirus) infection. Package size did not affect the potency of stored TM Biocontrol-1. There were no clear, significant differences in the effectiveness among lots of TM Biocontrol-1 processed by different organizations.
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