Entomopathogenic fungi and insect behaviour: unsuspecting hosts to targeted vectors

Baverstock, Jason; Roy, Helen E.; Pell, Judith K.. 2010 Entomopathogenic fungi and insect behaviour: unsuspecting hosts to targeted vectors. BioControl, 55. 89-102.

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The behavioural response of an insect to a fungal pathogen will have a direct effect on the efficacy of the fungus as a biological control agent. In this paper we describe two processes that have a significant effect on the interactions between insects and entomopathogenic fungi: (a) the ability of target insects to detect and avoid fungal pathogens and (b) the transmission of fungal pathogens between host insects. The behavioural interactions between insects and entomopathogenic fungi are described for a variety of fungal pathogens ranging from commercially available bio-pesticides to non-formulated naturally occurring pathogens. The artificial manipulation of insect behaviour using dissemination devices to contaminate insects with entomopathogenic fungi is then described. The implications of insect behaviour on the use of fungal pathogens as biological control agents are discussed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 2 - Ecological Processes in the Environment > BD - 2.2 - Quantify the impact of invasive species, pathogens ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISSN: 1386-6141
Additional Keywords: entomopathogenic fungi, attraction, avoidance, transmission, vectoring, Autodissemination
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 17 Jun 2010 13:02 +0 (UTC)

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