Submitted to: Mycopathologia
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: November 30, 2005
Publication Date: April 10, 2006
Citation: Lopez Lastra, C.C., Siri, A., Garcia, J.J., Eilenberg, J., Humber, R.A. 2006. Entomophthora ferdinandii (zygomycetes: entomophthorales) causing natural infestations of muscae domestica (diptera: muscidae) in argentina. Mycopathologia. 161(4):251-254. Interpretive Summary: Flies are troublesome pests in poultry houses throughout the world and efforts have been conducted worldwide to develop fungi for biological control agents. Together with Argentinean colleagues studying fungi pathogenic for insects, we report the presence of ENTOMOPHTHORA MUSCAE species complex affecting house flies in Argentina. This is the first report of the fungal pathogen, ENTOMOPHTHORA FERDINANDII, from the New World and adds to the available morphological information about this little reported member of the E. MUSCAE species complex. We also include an obligatory spelling correction for the name of this fungus. Significantly high levels of mortality against houseflies were found, as is the seasonal pattern of occurrence of the fungus against these flies. This paper provides a basis for further studies of this fungus as a potential biological control agent for use in poultry houses where house flies are chronic pests.