Advances in Entomopathogenic Fungi Use

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecology Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 945

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Lab of Plant Health Management, Department of Agrotechnology, University of Thessaly, 45100 Larissa, Greece
Interests: biological control of crop pests; IPM methods; insect–plant interactions; stored product pests; precision agriculture methods in crop protection
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Dear Colleagues,

Entomopathogenic fungi (EPF) are found in disparate habitats all over the world. They have risen in importance as environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical pesticides. The development of EPF for the biocontrol of arthropod pests requires much knowledge of fungal biology, ecology, and evolution. The market share is increasing and will continue to increase as more growers become familiar with these organisms, but also because these fungi have been shown to stimulate plant growth and increase the host’s resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. Some of these advances were possible due to a better understanding of the evolution of EPF and their plasticity, especially adaptation to both invertebrate and plant hosts. Several species differ significantly in their biology and behavior, and hence in their ability to control the population of enemies in each environment. The proper use of EPF requires a good knowledge of the biological cycle of their enemies. The metabolites serve many other functions that contribute to EPF success. The pathogenicity caused by EPF is not the same in all insects and differs even at each stage of the insect. EPF are endophytes that antagonize plant diseases, promote plant growth [11-14], and benefit the rhizosphere through colonization. Additionally, fungal endophytes may act antagonistically against plant diseases.

This Special Issue is aimed at attracting high-quality articles on the biology of EPF and their use in plant protection programs, providing insights into the latest findings and challenges. The articles should cover both fundamental and applied research.

Dr. Spiridon Mantzoukas
Prof. Dr. Panagiotis A. Eliopoulos
Prof. Dr. María J. Ek-Ramos
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  • EPF
  • biopesticides
  • IPM
  • biology
  • endophytism

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Virulence of Different Entomopathogenic Fungi Species and Strains against the Hazel Longhorn Beetle Oberea linearis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)
by Spiridon Mantzoukas, Ioannis Lagogiannis, Foteini Kitsiou, Panagiotis A. Eliopoulos and Panagiotis Petrakis
Appl. Sci. 2024, 14(11), 4761; - 31 May 2024
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The aim of this study was to investigate alternative methods to control longhorn beetle (Oberea linearis) infestations in walnut orchards. Wild isolates of entomopathogenic fungi obtained from soil samples from Greece and Cyprus were tested for their efficacy against adults and [...] Read more.
The aim of this study was to investigate alternative methods to control longhorn beetle (Oberea linearis) infestations in walnut orchards. Wild isolates of entomopathogenic fungi obtained from soil samples from Greece and Cyprus were tested for their efficacy against adults and larvae of O. linearis. Insect populations were acquired from a heavily infested walnut orchard and individuals were placed in Petri dishes provided with ground walnut wood for larvae and fresh leaves for adults. The tested insects were subjected to 16 different wild isolates from the genera Beauveria, Cordyceps, Metarhizium, and Purpureocillium, where 108 conidia/mL were applied by spraying, and insects were monitored daily for 16 days. The results showed that all the tested fungi resulted in a mortality rate of 66–100%, with Cordyceps fumosorosea exhibiting the highest virulence, causing complete mortality to both larvae and adults. These findings suggest that the management of O. linearis, which has traditionally relied on chemical applications, could transition to an organic approach by utilizing entomopathogenic fungi. Full article
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