The entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae and its potential as a biocontrol agent


  • Gisbert Zimmermann

    1. Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute for Biological Control, Heinrichstrasse 243, D-6100 Darmstadt, Germany
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  • Based on a paper presented at the meeting ‘Biological Control: Use of Living Organisms in the Management of Invertebrate Pests, Pathogens and Weeds’, organised by the SCI Pesticides Group and held at the SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London SWIX 8PS, UK on 19-20 October 1992.


Metarhizium anisopliae is a well-known entomopathogenic fungus active against many insect pests. This paper discusses the characteristics of M. anisopliae and related species of the same genus, its natural occurrence and host range, identifies the current target pest species and reports some new aspects in production and formulation; present safety data are summarized. Investigations on this fungus demonstrate that M. anisopliae can be an efficient biocontrol agent.