Metarhizium brunneum (entomopathogen)
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Metarhizium brunneum (entomopathogen) Petch 1935
This fungus infects various insect groups. It is commercially available and certain strains are registered for use in a number of countries. It is mainly effective against soil-living insect pests like larvae of Coleoptera or Diptera. It is also virulent against mosquito larvae and studies are underway to find suitable formulation and application methods (e.g. Alkhaibari et al., 2016).
M. brunneum is part of the Metarhizium anisopliae complex and can be distinguished from other members of that complex by DNA analysis.