Exploration for Entomopathogens

L. F. Solter, A. E. Hajek, L. A. Lacey

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Foreign and domestic exploration for entomopathogens continues to provide candidate species for microbial control with environmental tolerances and host ranges that are appropriate for the systems in which they are used, as well as greater virulence and other beneficial traits. Pathogens that are useful as biological control agents have been discovered by fortuitous accident infecting insect colonies and in field collections, and in purposeful searches of exotic hosts and their relatives in the area of invasion, as well as in their area of origin. Some of these pathogens have been commercially developed as microbial pesticides. Case studies in this chapter highlight numerous successes in control of pest species with pathogens discovered in targeted explorations. New molecular and analytic techniques have the potential to increase the efficiency of pathogen exploration and identification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMicrobial Control of Insect and Mite Pests
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Theory to Practice
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128035665
ISBN (Print)9780128035276
StatePublished - 2017


  • Climate matching
  • Exploration
  • Host plant matching
  • Insect baiting
  • Isolation methods
  • Selective media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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