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Current Knowledge of the Entomopathogenic Fungal Species Metarhizium flavoviride Sensu Lato and Its Potential in Sustainable Pest Control

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FKF Nonprofit Zrt., Alföldi str. 7, 1081 Budapest, Hungary
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Plant Protection Institute, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Szent István University, Páter Károly srt. 1, 2100 Gödöllő, Hungary
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Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Allea Sighișoarei 1C, 540485 Targu Mures/Corunca, Romania
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Insects 2019, 10(11), 385; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10110385
Received: 17 July 2019 / Revised: 28 October 2019 / Accepted: 31 October 2019 / Published: 2 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pest Management in Sustainable Farming Systems)
Fungal entomopathogens are gaining increasing attention as alternatives to chemical control of arthropod pests, and the literature on their use under different conditions and against different species keeps expanding. Our review compiles information regarding the entomopathogenic fungal species Metarhizium flavoviride (Gams and Rozsypal 1956) (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) and gives account of the natural occurrences and target arthropods that can be controlled using M. flavoviride. Taxonomic problems around M. flavoviride species sensu lato are explained. Bioassays, laboratory and field studies examining the effect of fermentation, culture regimes and formulation are compiled along with studies on the effect of the fungus on target and non-target organisms and presenting the effect of management practices on the use of the fungus. Altogether, we provide information to help conducting basic studies, and by pointing out relatively uncharted territories, help to set new research areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: fermentation; formulation; field crops; greenhouse crops; sustainable management; pest control fermentation; formulation; field crops; greenhouse crops; sustainable management; pest control
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Tóthné Bogdányi, F.; Petrikovszki, R.; Balog, A.; Putnoky-Csicsó, B.; Gódor, A.; Bálint, J.; Tóth, F. Current Knowledge of the Entomopathogenic Fungal Species Metarhizium flavoviride Sensu Lato and Its Potential in Sustainable Pest Control. Insects 2019, 10, 385.

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