Entomopathogenic fungi and insect behaviour: from unsuspecting hosts to targeted vectors

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Baverstock, J., Roy, H. E. and Pell, J. K. 2010. Entomopathogenic fungi and insect behaviour: from unsuspecting hosts to targeted vectors. BioControl. 55, pp. 89-102.

AuthorsBaverstock, J., Roy, H. E. and Pell, J. K.
Abstract

The behavioural response of an insect to a fungal pathogen will have a direct effect on the efficacy of the fungus as a biological control agent. In this paper we describe two processes that have a significant effect on the interactions between insects and entomopathogenic fungi: (a) the ability of target insects to detect and avoid fungal pathogens and (b) the transmission of fungal pathogens between host insects. The behavioural interactions between insects and entomopathogenic fungi are described for a variety of fungal pathogens ranging from commercially available bio-pesticides to non-formulated naturally occurring pathogens. The artificial manipulation of insect behaviour using dissemination devices to contaminate insects with entomopathogenic fungi is then described. The implications of insect behaviour on the use of fungal pathogens as biological control agents are discussed.

Year of Publication2010
JournalBioControl
Journal citation55, pp. 89-102
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s10526-009-9238-5
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderDepartment of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeSEF
Arable crops ecosystems - habitat diversification, crop management and natural enemies for crop protection and biodiversity
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online29 Oct 2009
Publication process dates
Accepted05 Oct 2009
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1386-6141

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