Vairimorpha necatrix BM (VnBM), ever named Vairimorpha sp. BM, were isolated from silkworm in Shandong Province, China. The size of V. necatrix BM spore is 3.4 μm x 1.6 μm (Fig. 1C) .
The V. necatrix BM can infect nearly all tissues of silkworm (Fig. 1B), but the ovary and testis. No V. necatrix BM spore has been found in silkworm eggs, that is the V. necatrix BM has not been found that can be vertically transmitted to next generation of silkworm . This is quite different to Nosema bombycis which can be vertically transmitted.
Fig. 1 V. necatrix BM infected sillworm (A), silkworm tissues (B) and V. necatrix BM spores (C).
The nuclear of V. necatrix BM spore is dikaryotic (Fig. 2A) and is composed of at least six chromosomes (Fig. 2B) . Phylogenetic analysis showed that V. necatrix BM is close to Vairimorpha necatrix DQ996241 (Fig. 3) .
Fig. 2 Ultra structure (A) and karyotype (B) of V. necatrix BM spores.
The genome sequencing of Vairimorpha necatrix BM is in progress.
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