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The Unconventional Viruses of Ichneumonid Parasitoid Wasps

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Diversity, Genomes, Insects-Microorganisms Interactions (DGIMI), Université de Montpellier, Institut National de Recherche pour L’Agriculture, L’Alimentation et L’Environnement (INRAE), 34095 Montpellier, France
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Laurentian Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada, Quebec City, QC G1V 4C7, Canada
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Viruses 2020, 12(10), 1170; https://doi.org/10.3390/v12101170
Received: 14 September 2020 / Revised: 7 October 2020 / Accepted: 8 October 2020 / Published: 15 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Unconventional Viruses)
To ensure their own immature development as parasites, ichneumonid parasitoid wasps use endogenous viruses that they acquired through ancient events of viral genome integration. Thousands of species from the campoplegine and banchine wasp subfamilies rely, for their survival, on their association with these viruses, hijacked from a yet undetermined viral taxon. Here, we give an update of recent findings on the nature of the viral genes retained from the progenitor viruses and how they are organized in the wasp genome. View Full-Text
Keywords: parasitoid wasp; ichnovirus; virus-like particles; endogenous viruses; mutualistic viruses; genomic architecture parasitoid wasp; ichnovirus; virus-like particles; endogenous viruses; mutualistic viruses; genomic architecture
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Volkoff, A.-N.; Cusson, M. The Unconventional Viruses of Ichneumonid Parasitoid Wasps. Viruses 2020, 12, 1170.

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