Deep space and hidden depths: understanding the evolution and ecology of fungal entomopathogens

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Roy, H. E., Brodie, E. L., Chandler, D., Goettel, M. S., Pell, J. K., Wajnberg, E. and Vega, F. E. 2010. Deep space and hidden depths: understanding the evolution and ecology of fungal entomopathogens. BioControl. 55 (1), pp. 1-6.

AuthorsRoy, H. E., Brodie, E. L., Chandler, D., Goettel, M. S., Pell, J. K., Wajnberg, E. and Vega, F. E.
Abstract

Entomopathogens are important natural enemies of many insect and mite species and as such have been recognised as providing an important ecosystem service. Indeed, fungal entomopathogens have been widely investigated as biological control agents of pest insects in attempts to improve the sustainability of crop protection. However, even though our understanding of the ecology of fungal entomopathogens has vastly increased since the early 1800s, we still require in-depth ecological research that can expand our scientific horizons in a manner that facilitates widespread adoption of these organisms as efficient biological control agents. Fungal entomopathogens have evolved some intricate interactions with arthropods, plants and other microorganisms. The full importance and complexity of these relationships is only just becoming apparent. It is important to shift our thinking from conventional biological control, to an understanding of an as yet unknown “deep space”. The use of molecular techniques and phylogenetic analyses have helped us move in this direction, and have provided important insights on fungal relationships. Nevertheless, new techniques such as the PhyloChip and pyrosequencing might help us see beyond the familiar fields, into areas that could help us forge a new understanding of the ecology of fungal entomopathogens.

Year of Publication2010
JournalBioControl
Journal citation55 (1), pp. 1-6
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s10526-009-9244-7
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
Functional biodiversity: mechanisms by which plant and invertebrate communities function in the arable ecosystem
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online17 Nov 2009
Publication process dates
Accepted15 Oct 2009
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1386-6141

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