A sterilizing virus is released through infected sterile corn earworm moths. These moths mate and sexually transmit the nudivirus to native male and female moths. The virus immediately amplifies within the infected moth. The virus is also transmitted to the eggs of infected female moths, and the resulting offspring develop into sterile adults.
The nudivirus we offer is a non-GMO HzNV-2 variant called KS-45. It has been enhanced to sterilize all infected insects.
Nudiviruses are naturally occurring insect viruses that are unstable outside their insect host. They do not infect humans.
The HzNV-2 virus can only infect noctuid insects. It has naturally adapted to cause disease specifically in the corn earworm. It does not infect butterflies, birds, or honeybees.
The KS-45 nudivirus is NOT a genetically modified organism. It was not created using recombinant DNA techniques.
Current technologies include genetically enhanced crops or the application of oil or pesticides to crops. Our patented nudivirus technology does not target the crop, but targets the pest instead.
If you have seen caterpillars or moths that fit the description below and need help, please contact us! We would love to help.
We are also interested in scientific collaborations.
The corn earworm has spines or rows of brown dots on either side. It can be red, brown, black, green, yellow, or transparent.