Fungal entomopathogens: new insights on their ecology
Vega, Fernando E., Goettel, Mark S., Blackwell, Meredith, Chandler, Dave, Jackson, Mark A., Keller, Siegfried, Koike, Masanori, Maniania, Nguya K., Monzón, Arnulfo, Ownley, Bonnie H., Pell, Judith K., Rangel, Drauzio E.N. and Roy, Helen E.. (2009) Fungal entomopathogens: new insights on their ecology. Fungal Ecology, Vol.2 (No.4). pp. 149-159. ISSN 1754-5048
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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.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QL Zoology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- ) > Warwick HRI (2004-2010)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Insects -- Diseases, Insect pests -- Biological control, Endophytes, Plant-fungus relationships, Ecology -- Research|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Fungal Ecology|
|Official Date:||November 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 149-159|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
This paper presents the discussions and conclusions reached at a conference entitled Insect pathogenic fungi in sustainable agriculture: use against insects and beyond held at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center, in Bellagio, Italy, June 23-27, 2008.
|Funder:||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Great Britain) (BBSRC), Great Britain. Dept. for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), National Science Foundation (U.S.) (NSF)|
|Grant number:||NSF-0732671 (NSF)|
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