Application and Evaluation of Entomopathogens in Crucifers and Cucurbits

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Abstract

Cruciferous and cucurbitaceous vegetable row crops are comprised of many species and varieties and are cultivated worldwide in many climates. In this chapter, we present a brief overview of selected pests and microbial control agents that are effective against some of them. We confine our remarks to crops grown in open field settings. Management of pests of crops grown in protected environments (e.g., under glass) is covered in Chapter VII-8. Using lepidopterous pests of crucifers and whitefly pests of cucurbits as examples, we will present protocols for the application and evaluation of microbial control agents, with special emphasis on the fungus Beauveria bassiana.