Beauveria bassiana is a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and acts as a parasite on various insect species, causing white muscardine disease; it thus belongs to the entomopathogenic fungi. It is being used as a biological insecticide to control a number of pests such as termites, whitefly, different beetles and its use in the control of the malaria-transmitting mosquitos is under investigation.
The name B. bassiana has long been used to describe a complex of morphologically similar and closely related species. Rehner and Buckley have shown that B. bassiana consists of many distinct lineages that should be recognized as distinct phylogenetic species.
Beauveria bassiana parasitizing the Colorado potato beetle has been reported to be, in turn, the host of a mycoparasitic fungus Syspastospora parasitica. This organism also attacks related insect-pathogenic species of the Clavicipitaceae.
Known targets include :
The fungus rarely infects humans or other animals, so it is generally considered safe as an insecticide. However, at least one case of human infection by B. bassiana has been reported in a person with a suppressed immune system. Additionally, like any powder, the spores may exacerbate breathing difficulties. Wagner and Lewis reported the ability of B. bassiana to grow as an endophyte in corn.
Virulence of Metarhizium anisopliae (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) to Sugarbeet Root Maggot (Diptera: Ulidiidae) Larvae
Aug 01, 2005; ABSTRACT Initial comparisons of the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana indicated that M....
A modified method to visualize infection sites of spores of the entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) on the exoskeleton of citrus root weevil Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) adults.(Report)
Dec 01, 2009; Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin (deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) is a disease-causing agent in insects (Steinhaus...
Pathogenicity of Beauveria bassiana (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) against the white grub Laniifera cyclades (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) under field and greenhouse conditions.(Report)
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