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The Effect of Grain Type on Virulence of Entomopathogenic Fungi Against Stored Product Pests
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Trapping Entomopathogenic Fungi from Vine Terroir Soil Samples with Insect Baits for Controlling Serious Pests

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Department of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
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Department of Agrotechnology, School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Thessaly, Gaiopolis, 45100 Larissa, Greece
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Department of Biochemistry-Biotechnology, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Biopolis, 41500 Larissa, Greece
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(10), 3539; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10103539
Received: 28 March 2020 / Revised: 10 May 2020 / Accepted: 13 May 2020 / Published: 20 May 2020
Fungi are eukaryotic microorganisms with many forms and certain demands about the soil they colonize, which reveal the conditions that prevail therein. Although they can often kill pests without damaging plants or humans, they are not widely used as pesticides as they are not easy to handle and require much time before they act. Nevertheless, insects can be used as baits to trap these entomopathogenic fungi, giving information about their distribution within the terroir. The purpose of this study was to investigate the soil distribution of entomopathogenic fungi species in soil samples from two vine soil terroirs. Nine fungi were identified in total, but M. anisopliae and B. bassiana showed the greatest frequency, which was expressed by difference in adult bait mortality among species. These fungi had not been previously documented in vine terroirs. View Full-Text
Keywords: terroir; baits; entomopathogenic fungi; soil; Achaia; vine; winery terroir; baits; entomopathogenic fungi; soil; Achaia; vine; winery
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Mantzoukas, S.; Lagogiannis, I.; Ntoukas, A.; Eliopoulos, P.A.; Kouretas, D.; Karpouzas, D.G.; Poulas, K. Trapping Entomopathogenic Fungi from Vine Terroir Soil Samples with Insect Baits for Controlling Serious Pests. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 3539.

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