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Preliminary field tests on the use of metarhizium anisopliae for the control of nasutitermes exitiosus isoptera termitidae



Preliminary field tests on the use of metarhizium anisopliae for the control of nasutitermes exitiosus isoptera termitidae



Bulletin of Entomological Research 73(2): 305-314



The insect-pathogenic fungus M. anisopliae caused heavy mortality in laboratory groups of the Australian termite N. exitiosus (Hill) to which infected workers was added. Conidia of M. anisopliae started an epizootic when introduced into field colonies of N. exitiosus near Canberra, irrespective of whether the termites were treated by dusting or spraying in the mound itself, or dusting in nearby feeding sites. In some cases, the disease persisted for at least 15 wk, and by this time few healthy termites could be found in almost half the treated colonies. Samples of workers taken from treated colonies showed high levels of contamination by Metarhizium, irrespective of the state of the colony, but the factors that inhibited the completion of fungal development in the nest are unknown.

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