Bioprospecting of Fungal Entomo- and Myco-Pathogens

  • E. K. Pathan
  • A. V. Patil
  • M. V. DeshpandeEmail author


The pest and pathogen control in the field using fungi and their metabolites has indeed gone beyond ‘proof of concept’. However, in view of the performances of these biocontrol fungi in the fields, moreover, acceptability by the end users regarding cost-effectiveness, shelf life, intellectual property rights (IPR), the additional roles, and possible applications are being explored. Dual pathogenicity, viz. entomopathogenesis and mycoparasitism, has added the advantage of wide-spectrum biocontrol in single-crop system. In addition to plant protection, these fungi can promote plant growth. Further, in integrated pest management, the bioremediation of pesticide residues, if any, can also be achieved by these organisms. For value addition, use of cuticle-degrading and mycolytic enzymes produced as killing components can be explored in food, detergent, organic synthesis, and pharmaceutical industries. While exploring the additional applications, the safety to beneficial insects and fungi, biodiversity, and humans, in general, is also addressed.


Biocontrol Bioremediation Biotransformation Entomopathogens Healthcare Industrial enzymes Mycopathogens Plant growth promotion 



MVD is grateful to CSIR, New Delhi for Emeritus Scientist Scheme [21(0962)/13/EMR2] and Department of Biotechnology (DBT-BIRAC), New Delhi for financial support. We wish to thank Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission (RGSTC, Mumbai), Government of Maharashtra, for funding the project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biochemical Sciences DivisionCSIR-National Chemical LaboratoryPuneIndia
  2. 2.Division of Biological SciencesCSIR-National Chemical LaboratoryPuneIndia

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