Start Date: Jun 01, 2009
End Date: Sep 30, 2010
Develop preservation conditions, including lyophil cultures, to maintain cultures for customer base. Develop backup culture collection off-site. Expand culture collection via orphaned collections and additional germplasm from collaborators. Improve public access to and information content of ARSEF website. Conduct systematic studies of insect pathogenic fungi. Utilize molecular tools to characterize virulence and pathogenicity factors of insect pathogenic fungi. Develop chemical fingerprinting for promising biocontrol isolates. Characterize biological activity and chemistries of compounds produced by entomopathogenic fungi and other control agents. Develop collaborations to foster screening and utilization of bioproducts.