Annals of Applied Biology (2014) 164, 151-158

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R.G. Manfrino, J.L. Hatting, R. Humber, C.E. Salto and C.C. Lopez Lastra (2014)
Natural occurrence of entomophthoroid fungi (Entomophthoromycota) of aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on cereal crops in Argentina
Annals of Applied Biology 164 (1), 151-158
Abstract: The spectrum of entomophthoroid fungal species parasitising aphids on cereal crops and a study of the phenology and prevalence of these pathogens were investigated in Argentina. The studies were conducted at six different sites cultivated with crops of Triticum aestivum (wheat), Avena sativa (oats) and Sorghum bicolor (sorghum) during two consecutive years. Entomopathogenic fungi from the new phylum Entomophthoromycota were recorded from six aphid species on cereals in Argentina: Rhopalosiphum maidis, Rhopalosiphum padi, Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominalis, Schizaphis graminum, Sitobion avenae and Sipha maydis. Three species of entomophthoroid fungi were found infecting these aphid species: Pandora neoaphidis, Zoophthora radicans (Entomophthorales: Entomophthoraceae) and Neozygites fresenii (Neozygitales: Neozygitaceae). Entomophthoroid fungal infections occurred mostly in autumn-winter seasons (March-August), and coincided with periods of high relative humidity and comparatively low temperatures. This study represents the first base-line characterisation of entomophthoroid fungi infecting aphids on cereal crops in Argentina.
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Database assignments for author(s): Richard A. Humber

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
surveys/distribution/isolation


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Rhopalosiphum maidis Argentina
Sitobion avenae Argentina
Rhopalosiphum padi Argentina
Schizaphis graminum Argentina
Metopolophium dirhodum Argentina
Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale Argentina
Sipha maydis Argentina
Zoophthora radicans (entomopathogen) Rhopalosiphum maidis Argentina
Zoophthora radicans (entomopathogen) Sitobion avenae Argentina
Zoophthora radicans (entomopathogen) Rhopalosiphum padi Argentina
Zoophthora radicans (entomopathogen) Schizaphis graminum Argentina
Zoophthora radicans (entomopathogen) Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale Argentina
Zoophthora radicans (entomopathogen) Sipha maydis Argentina
Neozygites fresenii (entomopathogen) Schizaphis graminum Argentina
Pandora neoaphidis (entomopathogen) Rhopalosiphum maidis Argentina
Pandora neoaphidis (entomopathogen) Sitobion avenae Argentina
Pandora neoaphidis (entomopathogen) Rhopalosiphum padi Argentina
Pandora neoaphidis (entomopathogen) Schizaphis graminum Argentina
Pandora neoaphidis (entomopathogen) Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominale Argentina