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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF THE COFFEE BERRY BORER Title: Naming names: the etymology of fungal entomopathogens.

Author
item Vega, Fernando

Submitted to: Use of Entomopathogenic Fungi in Biological Pest Management
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: December 14, 2006
Publication Date: December 15, 2007
Citation: Vega, F.E. 2007. Naming names: the etymology of fungal entomopathogens. Use of Entomopathogenic Fungi in Biological Pest Management. P. 1-11

Technical Abstract: The chapter introduces the reader to the etymology of the generic names given to 26 fungal entomopathogens. Possessing some knowledge on how a name originates sometimes provides us with information on a fungal characteristic that might help us identify the organism, e.g., Conidiobolus, Cordyceps, Pandora, Regiocrella, Orthomyces, etc. In other cases, the name won’t tell us a thing of what the fungus looks like, but serves to honor those for whom the fungus was named, e.g., Aschersonia, Batkoa, Beauveria, Nomuraea, Strongwellsea, etc.

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