Abietiv is a nucleopolyhedrovirus (Neodiprion abietis NPV) preparation for the biological control of the balsam fir sawfly (Neodiprion abietis)
- Neodiprion abietis NPV is a naturally occurring biocontrol agent isolated from sawfly populations in Newfoundland, Canada. The virus causes a lethal disease when ingested by feeding larvae
The Balsam fir sawfly (Neodiprion abietis) is a native sawfly species that occurs throughout Canada and the United States. Its larvae are a significant defoliating pest of pre-commercially thinned balsam fir (Abies balsamea). Damage caused to the tree is defoliation, reduced vigour and growth, and tree mortality.