BioControl (2005) 50, 937-940

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A. Siri, A.C. Scorsetti, V.E. Dikgolz and C.C. López Lastra (2005)
Natural infections caused by the fungus Beauveria bassiana as a pathogen of Musca domestica in the neotropic
BioControl 50 (6), 937-940
Abstract: A survey for entomopathogenic fungi of Musca domestica adults was conducted in poultry houses in La Plata, Buenos Aires province, Argentina, during the years 2002 and 2003. Adult house flies were found infected with the fungus Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill. (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) from field collections, with a natural infected prevalence between 0.4-1.45%. This is the first record of natural infections of house flies caused by B. bassiana for the neotropics. Pathogenicity assays under laboratory conditions showed 94% adult mortality at 14 days post challenge.
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Database assignments for author(s): Ana C. Scorsetti

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

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

Musca domestica Argentina
Beauveria bassiana (entomopathogen) Musca domestica Argentina