Diversity of Entomopathogenic fungi among the coleopteran pests of crops
Publication Date : 08/02/2016
Occurrence of entomopathogenic fungi among the coleopteran pests of Banana, Coconut, Cardamom, Sweet Potato and Vegetables was conducted to reveal the diversity of these fungi among various pests. The isolates identified by ITS sequencing were Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin from adults of Basilepta fulvicorne Jacoby and Metarhizium sp. from its grubs. Paecilomyces sp. was isolated from the grubs of Banana rhizome weevil, Cosmopolites sordidus Germ. The adult beetles of Cylas formicarius F., Henosepilachna vigintioctopunctata F. and Metriona circumdata H. were found to be infected with Beauveria sp., Fusarium moniliformae and Beauveria brongniartii (Saccardo) Petch, respectively. The infected grubs of Oryctes rhinoceros Linn. harboured Metarhizium album, Metarhizium anisopliae var majus and Metarhizium sp.
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