PHD STUDENT, NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES
Characterisation of entomopathogenic fungal endophytes for control of arthropod pests in sugarcane
I am collecting and identifying fungal species from soil and sugarcane plants that are known to kills insects in nature and evaluating them for controlling insect pests in sugarcane
Abstract: Entomopathogenic fungal isolates Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) strain G Ar 17 B3 and Metarhizium anisopliae (Metchnikoff) Sorokin (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) strain FCM Ar 23 B3 have been identified as effective control agents of the important citrus pest Thaumatotibia leucotreta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) wandering fifth instars under laboratory conditions. This study is the first report on the ability of these isolates to persist and reduce T. leucotreta infestation in commercial citrus orchards in South Africa. A reduction in pest infestation of between 28 and 82 % upon trial completion was reported. Both isolates were recovered from soil samples collected five months post-application with high host density and moderate to high soil moisture favouring recovery. Low soil moisture negatively influenced the persistence of both isolates and the control efficiency of B. bassiana. These results provide evidence and support for the future use of these isolates against T. leucotreta thus warranting further investigation.
Pub.: 12 Aug '16, Pinned: 17 Aug '17