Metarhizium robertsii (entomopathogen)

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colonies of Metarhizium robertsii, isolated as endophytes from cowpea (left) and cucumber (right) roots
Authors: Patrícia S. Golo et al.
Source: PLoS ONE (2014) 9 (e104946)

Metarhizium robertsii (entomopathogen) J.F. Bisch., Rehner & Humber 2009

The fungus is closely related to Metarhizium anisopliae and morphologically indistinguishable from that species. It is widely distributed and has been reported to infect various insect groups. Apart from conidia in the soil infecting insects, the species can also be an endophyte, exchanging insect-derived nitrogen for photosynthate as part of a symbiotic association similar to well-known mycorrhizal relationships (e.g. see Barelli et al., 2019).