Effectiveness of Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis in Controlling a Sciarid Fly., Lycoriella mali, in Mushroom Compost

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An experimental preparation of Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner var. israelensis (Goldberg) tested against a sciarid fly Lycoriella mali (Fitch) in mushroom compost gave over 90% control. The LC95 was one part B. thuringiensis var. israelensis to 696 parts water (wt/wt); the L95 was one part B. thuringiensisvar. israelensis to 64 parts water. With a 1:60 dilution, the mortality exceeded 99.5%. Two commercial preparations containing B. thuringiensis var. israelensis tested at a dilution of 1:100 produced mortality rates of either 79.2 or 94.4%.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1984

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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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