Mycoinsecticides: Potential and Future Perspective
Ahmed M. Al-Jabr.
Crop damage and consequent loss in productivity associated with arthropod pests represent the most serious
threats to the world economy. Different methods have been used in the past to control arthropod pests; however, the increase
in incidences of resistance to pesticides, food safety concerns, and concerns related to environmental impact associated
with the use of chemical pesticides have led to the recent expansion of biological control agents. Entomopathogenic
fungi are important and promising bio-control agents for controlling arthropod pests. This review compiles recent information
regarding the potential of entomopathogenic fungi used against arthropod pests, traits responsible for mycoinsecticide
virulence, and possible ways to enhance the virulence of entomopathogenic fungi, in order to pave the way for the
development of bio-rational and eco-friendly arthropod pest management strategies.
Keywords: Arthropod pests, biological control, biopesticides, entomopathogenic fungi, microbial control, mycopathogens.
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