Deep space and hidden depths: understanding the evolution and ecology of fungal entomopathogens
Roy, Helen E., Brodie, Eoin L., Chandler, Dave, Goettel, Mark S., Pell, Judith K., Wajnberg, Eric and Vega, Fernando E.. (2010) Deep space and hidden depths: understanding the evolution and ecology of fungal entomopathogens. BioControl, Vol.55 (No.1). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1386-6141Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10526-009-9244-7
Entomopathogens are important natural enemies of many insect and mite species and as such have been recognised as providing an important ecosystem service. Indeed, fungal entomopathogens have been widely investigated as biological control agents of pest insects in attempts to improve the sustainability of crop protection. However, even though our understanding of the ecology of fungal entomopathogens has vastly increased since the early 1800s, we still require in-depth ecological research that can expand our scientific horizons in a manner that facilitates widespread adoption of these organisms as efficient biological control agents. Fungal entomopathogens have evolved some intricate interactions with arthropods, plants and other microorganisms. The full importance and complexity of these relationships is only just becoming apparent. It is important to shift our thinking from conventional biological control, to an understanding of an as yet unknown "deep space". The use of molecular techniques and phylogenetic analyses have helped us move in this direction, and have provided important insights on fungal relationships. Nevertheless, new techniques such as the PhyloChip and pyrosequencing might help us see beyond the familiar fields, into areas that could help us forge a new understanding of the ecology of fungal entomopathogens.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QL Zoology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- )|
|Journal or Publication Title:||BioControl|
|Official Date:||February 2010|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 1-6|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Great Britain) (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council, Great Britain. Dept. for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)|
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