Fungi in the Environment

Have fungi been effective in biocontrol?

Biocontrol is defined as the use of one living organism to kill or control another organism. Fungi that parasitize insects are a valuable weapon for biocontrol. The spores of a parasitic fungus are sprayed on pest insects, attacking and controlling its host. Another fungus was identified as killing populations of silkworms as early as 1834; the spores of the same fungus are now used as a mycoinsecticide—a parasitic fungus used to kill insects—to control Colorado potato beetles. The spores of other fungi are used to control spittlebugs, leaf hoppers, citrus rust mites, and other insect pests.


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