Fungal entomopathogens: new insights on their ecology

Vega, Fernando E.; Goettel, Mark S.; Blackwell, Meredith; Chandler, David; Jackson, Mark A.; Keller, Siegrried; Koike, Masanori; Maniania, Nguya K.; Monzon, Arnulfo; Ownley, Bonnie H.; Pell, Judith K.; Rangel, Drauzio E.N.; Roy, Helen. 2009 Fungal entomopathogens: new insights on their ecology. Fungal Ecology, 2 (4). 149-159.

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An important mechanism for insect pest control should be the use of fungal entomopathogens. Even though these organisms have been studied for more than 100 y, their effective use in the field remains elusive. Recently, however, it has been discovered that many of these entomopathogenic fungi play additional roles in nature. They are endophytes, antagonists of plant pathogens, associates with the rhizosphere, and possibly even plant growth promoting agents. These findings indicate that the ecological role of these fungi in the environment is not fully understood and limits our ability to employ them successfully for pest management. In this paper, we review the recently discovered roles played by many entomopathogenic fungi and propose new research strategies focused on alternate uses for these fungi. It seems likely that these agents can be used in multiple roles in protecting plants from pests and diseases and at the same time promoting plant growth.

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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment
CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > BD01 Conservation and Restoration of Biodiversity > BD01.3 Population and community processes
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.3 - Deliver effective advice, models and applied science ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISSN: 1754-5048
Additional Keywords: Beauveria, Biological control, Ecology, Endophytes, Lecanicillium, Metarhizium
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 23 Nov 2009 15:58 +0 (UTC)

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