Baculovirus infection triggers a positive phototactic response in caterpillars: a response to Dobson et al. (2015)

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Abstract

We recently reported that baculovirus Spodoptera exigua multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (SeMNPV) triggers positive phototaxis in Spodoptera exigua larvae, leading to death at elevated positions. Dobson et al. [1] (University of Stirling, Scotland) question our interpretation of the data. Unfortunately, Dobson et al. rely on unwarranted assumptions possibly reflecting a poor understanding of baculovirus–insect pathobiology, make invalid comparisons and fail to take relevant literature into account. Here, we recapitulate the context and interpretation of our experiments and highlight the misinterpretations by Dobson et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20150633
Number of pages4
JournalBiology Letters
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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