, Volume 63, Issue 6, pp 819–831 | Cite as

Comparative effects of temperature and thermoregulation on candidate strains of entomopathogenic fungi for Moroccan locust Dociostaurus maroccanus control

  • Pablo Valverde-GarciaEmail author
  • Cándido Santiago-Alvarez
  • Matthew B. Thomas
  • Inmaculada Garrido-Jurado
  • Enrique Quesada-Moraga


Strains IMI 330189 of Metarhizium acridum (Driver & Milner) J.F. Bisch., Rehner & Humber (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae) and EABb 90/2-Dm of Beauveria bassiana (Bals.-Criv.) Vuill. (Hypocreales: Cordycipitaceae) are a promising biocontrol tool of Dociostaurus maroccanus (Thunberg) (Orthoptera: Acrididae), although the effects of thermoregulation and Moroccan locust-fever on the infection process of these fungi remain unknown. In vitro experiments, measuring conidial germination and hyphal growth either at constant or at fluctuating temperatures simulating thermoregulatory conditions, indicated that strain IMI 330189 had greater fitness at temperatures above 27 °C and the strain EABb 90/2-Dm was better adapted to the temperature range of 10–25 °C. These effects were mirrored in vivo, where locust thermoregulation caused a marked reduction in the virulence of EABb 90/2-Dm in comparison to no thermoregulation conditions (average survival time: 6.10 vs. 15.83 days; mortality: 100% vs. 73.7%) but only a moderate reduction in the virulence of IMI 330189 (average survival time: 4.57 vs. 8.26 days; mortality: 100% vs. 100%). Thermal gradient experiments revealed that the strain IMI 330189 induced behavioral fever in D. maroccanus (preferred temperatures approximately 4 °C above the uninfected control), although it only led to a slight reduction in virulence. Strain EABb 90/2-Dm did not induce such a clear behavioral response. Under the temperature conditions of the main breeding areas of the Moroccan locust, strain IMI 330189 is likely a better candidate for use in biocontrol, although strain EABb 90/2-Dm could be also a good alternative in more temperate environments either as a stand-alone one or in mixed combinations of the two fungal strains, potentially providing more effective control over a broader range of temperatures.


Metarhizium acridum Beauveria bassiana Thermoregulation Locust Fever 



We thank Dr. Elizabeth Maranhão and Dr. Karl D. Schnelle for their scientific collaboration and review of the document. This research was supported by the project AGL2016-80483-R from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. Dr. Inmaculada Garrido-Jurado thanks the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government for a Juan de la Cierva post-doctoral Grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Valverde-Garcia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cándido Santiago-Alvarez
    • 1
  • Matthew B. Thomas
    • 2
  • Inmaculada Garrido-Jurado
    • 1
  • Enrique Quesada-Moraga
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, ETSIAMUniversity of CordobaCordobaSpain
  2. 2.Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and Department of Entomology, 001 Chemical Ecology LabPenn StateUniversity ParkUSA

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