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Title: NOVEL ISOLATES OF THE ENTOMOPATHOGENIC FUNGUS BEAUVERIA BASSIANA FOR BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF THE SHORE FLY, SCATELLA TENUICOSTA

Author
item FILOTAS, M
item CASTRILLO, L
item Vandenberg, John
item SANDERSON, JOHN
item Wraight, Stephen

Submitted to: IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (Abstract for Conference Proceedings)
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/14/2005
Publication Date: 3/1/2005
Citation: Filotas, M., Castrillo, L., Vandenberg, J.D., Sanderson, J., Wraight, S.P. 2005. Novel isolates of the entomopathogenic fungus beauveria bassiana for biological control of the shore fly, scatella tenuicosta. IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (Abstract for Conference Proceedings). 28:95-98.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Three genetically distinct fungal strains were found to commonly infect adult and pupal shore flies being cultivated in a Cornell University greenhouse. While two strains were very similar to indigenous strains commonly found in agricultural areas in the northeastern US, none resembled the only commercial mycoinsecticide currently being used in US greenhouses, suggesting that fungal epizootics developed naturally and not as a byproduct of sprays for pest control. All strains were extremely virulent, causing greater than 89% mortality of adult flies within 5 days of inoculation, suggesting these isolates may have potential for biological control of this pest.