Mosquito and Copepod Host Range Tests with Coelomomyces Psorophorae (Blastocladiales, Chytridiomycetes)
—An extensive survey for natural pathogens and parasites of mosquitoes as prospective biological control agents was carried out in Israel. Coelomomyces (Class, Chytridiomycetes; Order, Blastocladiales), a fungal genus of which all but a few members are specific to mosquitoes, was not known to be present in Israeli waters. Therefore, mosquito and copepod host-range tests were conducted with Coelomomyces psorophorae obtained from abroad, in order to test the desirability of introducing Coelomomyces as a contribution to mosquito control. Acanthocyclops viridis, a cosmopolitan copepod relatively common in Israel, was duly infected with Coelomomyces psorophorae. However, the infectivity of Israel’s most common pest mosquitoes (Culex pipiens complex) proved low.
Key WordsCoelomomyces psorophorae pathogens parasites biological control agents
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