Laboratory Evaluation of Methods for Inoculating Termites with Entomophthoraceous Fungi1

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Methods for inoculating the castern subterranean termite with the monogamous fungus Entomopthhora coronata(Costantin) Kevorkian were compared, Higher mortalities were obtained when termites were exposed to surface cultures than when inoculated by the overhead method. Exposure time to produce 50% mortality in the population 0.73 hours for the surface-inoculating method and 0.98 hours for the overhead method. The mean number of potential infective units per termite was calculated for the different exposure times. Percent mortalities were also obtained for these exposure times. The calculated LD50 for termites inoculated with E. coranata as 344 infective units.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1972

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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