, Volume 160, Issue 4, pp 315–319

Pathogenicity of the Entomopathogenic Fungus, Lecanicillium muscarium, against the Sweetpotato Whitefly Bemisia tabaci under Laboratory and Glasshouse Conditions

  • Andrew G. S. Cuthbertson
  • Keith F. A. Walters

DOI: 10.1007/s11046-005-0122-2

Cite this article as:
Cuthbertson, A.G.S. & Walters, K.F.A. Mycopathologia (2005) 160: 315. doi:10.1007/s11046-005-0122-2


The potential for using the entomopathogenic fungus Lecanicillium muscarium to control the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci has been established in the laboratory by other studies. Laboratory studies however frequently overestimate the level of control achieved by biological control agents in the glasshouse. Before full-scale commercial or field development is considered, glasshouse trials are required to confirm laboratory results. Under both controlled laboratory and glasshouse conditions high mortality of second instar B. tabaci was recorded after application of L. muscarium. The potential of incorporating L. muscarium into integrated pest management strategies for the control of B. tabaci is discussed.


Bemisia tabaci entomopathogenic fungus integrated pest management microbial control Verticillium lecanii 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew G. S. Cuthbertson
    • 1
  • Keith F. A. Walters
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Science LaboratorySand HuttonUK

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