Microbial Insect Control: Using Bugs to Kill Bugs


The larva of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, adrift in a lethal cloud of Tolypocladium cylindrosporum, a fungal pathogen. Microorganisms can devastate insects as dramatically as chemicals can. Not just fungi, but also viruses and especially bacteria offer new hope for biological control of insect pests.

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Klausner, A. Microbial Insect Control: Using Bugs to Kill Bugs. Nat Biotechnol 2, 408–419 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1038/nbt0584-408

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