Metarhizium rileyi (entomopathogen)

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Spodoptera exigua killed by Metarhizium rileyi (= Nomuraea rileyi) (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Merle Shepard, Gerald R.Carner, and P.A.C Ooi, Insects and their Natural Enemies Associated with Vegetables and Soybean in Southeast Asia
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Pseudoplusia includens killed by Metarhizium rileyi (= Nomuraea rileyi) (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Donald C. Steinkraus, University of Arkansas
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Metarhizium rileyi (entomopathogen) (Farlow) Kepler S.A. Rehner & Humber 2014

This fungus is widely distributed and infects mainly Lepidoptera larvae, but also some species from various other groups like aphids, whiteflies and even beetles and ticks. It is possible to induce it to produce microscrelotia for easier formulation and storage. This can be combined with large scale liquid fermentation and commercialisation (e.g. Song et al., 2017).

The fungus has been known under the name Nomuraea rileyi until 2014, when it was transferred to the genus Metarhizium (see Kepler et al., 2014).

Synonyms:
Nomuraea rileyi
Spicaria rileyi