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Perspectives to the use of entomopathogenic fungi for biological control of Diaphorina citri in Mexico

  • Author(s): Sánchez-Peña, S. R.
  • Guizar-Guzmán, L.
  • Torres-Acosta, R. I.
  • López-Arroyo, J. I.
  • Casique-Valdés, R.
  • et al.

Entomopathogenic fungi are natural enemies of D. citri adults in Mexico. Natural prevalence (%) of fungi on live adults in central Veracruz (summer) and southern Tamaulipas (fall) were: Hirsutella citriformis (7-35); Isaria fumosorosea (5-15); Lecanicillium (2 in Tamaulipas), and Beauveria (<1). Torrubiella (=Sporothrix) is a hyperparasite of Hirsutella. In inland Tamaulipas only Isaria was found. Entomophthora (<2%), a new report for Diaphorina, was found at Veracruz in October 2012.

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