We thank Dr M. Hatsukade, Shizuoka University, for providing the larvae of the three scarabaeid species. We also thank Dr S. Shimizu, Kyoto Institute of Technology, for collection of soil samples.
A unique isolate of Bacillus thuringiensis serovar japonensis with a high larvicidal activity specific for scarabaeid beetles
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Letters in Applied Microbiology
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 54–57, February 1992
How to Cite
Ohba, M., Iwahana, H., Asano, S., Suzuki, N., Sato, R. and Hori, H. (1992), A unique isolate of Bacillus thuringiensis serovar japonensis with a high larvicidal activity specific for scarabaeid beetles. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 14: 54–57. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-765X.1992.tb00646.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- JIP/122: received 12 September 1991 and accepted 20 October 1991
A spore-forming bacterium isolated from the soil of Japan was assigned to Bacillus thuringiensis serovar japonensis (flagellar antigen 23). Parasporal inclusions of this isolate were spherical to ovoid in shape and exhibited high larvicidal activity against coleopterous scarabaeid beetles, the cupreous chafer. Anomala cuprea, the soybean beetle, Anomala rufocuprea, and the Japanese beetle. Popillia japonica. No toxicity was shown by this isolate against larvae of Lepidoptera, Diptera, and Orthoptera, and adults of a chrysomelid coleopteran.