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    The white-footed mouse, Peromyscus leucopus Rafinesque, and the short-tailed shrew, Blarina brevicauda Say, 2 small mammal predators of the gypsy moth, have demonstrated the ability to pass significant amounts of infectious nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) through their alimentary tracts. Ninety-five percent of the gypsy moth larvae fed fecal preparations from NPV-challenged mammals died during infectivity tests, whereas only 6% of larvae fed control fecal preparations died. The ability of these mammals to pass large amounts of infectious NPV may be important in the distribution of NPV in the wild.

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    Lautenschlager, R.A.; Podgwaite, J.D. 1977. Passage of infectious nuclear polyhedrosis virus through the alimentary tracts of two small mammal predators of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar. Environmental Entomology. 6(5): 737-738.

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