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Volume 61, Issue 2


First report and spore ultrastructure of Vairimorpha plodiae (Opisthokonta: Microspora) from Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Turkey

Mustafa Yaman
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  • Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Karadeniz Technical University, 61080, Trabzon, Turkey
  • Faculty of Education, Ordu University, Ordu, 52200, Turkey
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Published Online: 2016-03-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0032


The present study describes the first isolation and characterization of Vairimorpha plodiae, a microsporidian pathogen of Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), from Turkey. We present characteristic light and electron microscopical features of the spores. Fresh binucleate spores are oval and measure 4.48 ± 0.23 (4.01–4.84) µm in length and 2.21 ± 0.15 (1.91–2.48) µm in width. Ultrastructural studies showed that the spore wall measures 150 to 200 nm and consists of a clear endospore (125–150 nm) and an electron-dense, uniform, thin exospore (30–50 nm). The polar filament is isofilar and with 10–12 coils. The well-developed polaroplast consists of two parts with thin lamellae anteriorly and thick, irregularly arranged lamellae posteriorly. The identity of our isolate is discussed.

Key words: Plodia interpunctella; Vairimorpha plodiae; microsporidium; biological control; spore morphology


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About the article

Received: 2015-04-09

Revised: 2015-09-10

Accepted: 2015-11-27

Published Online: 2016-03-30

Published in Print: 2016-06-01

Citation Information: Acta Parasitologica, Volume 61, Issue 2, Pages 228–231, ISSN (Online) 1896-1851, ISSN (Print) 1230-2821, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ap-2016-0032.

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