Mycopathologia (1999) 146, 33-41

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C. Luz and J. Fargues (1999)
Dependence of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana, on high humidity for infection of Rhodnius prolixus
Mycopathologia 146 (1), 33-41
Abstract: The impact of relative humidity (RH) on the infective potential of the isolate Bb INRA 297 of Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuillemin (Deuteromycotina:Hyphomycetes) against first instar nymphs of Rhodnius prolixus Stål. (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)was determined. Fungus-treated insects were exposed to RHs ranged from 75 to 100% at 25 °C. Results clearly showed a threshold of humidity at ca. 96% for high and rapid mortality. After initial exposure to increasing periods of 97% (4, 8, 16, 24, 36 and 48 h)and subsequent transfer to constant lower RHs (43, 53,75 and 86%) at a constant 25 °C, an incubation of at least 48 h at 97% RH was necessary to kill all insects. On changing RHs of 97/75% and different regimes of temperature (15/28 °C,20/25 °C, 25/28 °C,and 25/35 °C), at least 72 h of initial exposure at 97% RH for the 15/28 °Cregime, 48 h for the 20°/25°C and 25/28 °C regimes and 36 h for25/35 °C were needed to kill all insects over a 6-day incubation time. Delayed exposure to favorable moisture condition (97% RH),significantly affected infection for up to a 3-day delay within the various temperature-humidity regimes tested.
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biocontrol - natural enemies
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Rhodnius prolixus
Beauveria bassiana (entomopathogen) Rhodnius prolixus