Biocontrol Science and Technology (2012) 22, 1075-1091

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David Sánchez-Roblero, Graciela Huerta-Palacios, Javier Valle, Jaime Gómez and Jorge Toledo (2012)
Effect of Beauveria bassiana on the ovarian development and reproductive potential of Anastrepha ludens (Diptera: Tephritidae)
Biocontrol Science and Technology 22 (9), 1075-1091
Abstract: We investigated the virulence of a native strain of Beauveria bassiana on the mortality, ovarian development, oogenesis, survival, fecundity and fertility of 4-, 8- and 12-day-old Anastrepha ludens females. In the first study, this strain caused 85% mortality in 8-day-old treated females, with a median lethal concentration (LC50) of 3.1×108 (2.1×108-4.7×108) conidia/mL and a median lethal time (LT50) of 6.5 days. In the second study, the ovarian development and oogenesis of A. ludens females treated with 1×109 conidia/mL were monitored daily in sacrificed flies. The fungus infection did not significantly affect ovarian development of the treated females, although there was a delay in vitellogenesis and a reduction in the quantity of mature basal oocytes and oviposition index in these flies. Moreover, the lowest net fecundity was found in 4-, 8- and 12-day-old treated females, and reduced fertility was observed in 4-day-old treated females. An application to test the potential use of this strain under field conditions is discussed.
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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.


Anastrepha ludens
Beauveria bassiana (entomopathogen) Anastrepha ludens Mexico