Fungal Pathogen as Potent Toxin for Pest and Disease Control 2.0

A special issue of Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Ecological Interactions of Fungi".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 562

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Sri Paramakalyani Centre for Excellence in Environmental Sciences, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Alwarkurichi 627 412, Tamil Nadu, India
Interests: pest science; medical entomology; insect–plant interactions; bioactive compounds
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Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546, USA
Interests: insect toxicology; insect pest management; biological control; RNAi technology; environmental toxicology; insect molecular biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of fungi in controlling pest and disease is a unique technique. Even though there are many species of fungi that are pathogenic to pest and disease, only a limited number have been studied, and only six have been registered for pest and disease. Hence, extensive research must be carried out. Some attempts have been made to utilize fungi in controlling insects and disease, but with the development of insecticides and disease killers, the search for potent biocontrol agents has decreased since synthetic chemical sprays are comparatively low-priced and effective. However, in the last three decades, problems such as insect resistance and resurgence and their limited biodegradability in the ecosystem have brought about a regeneration in biocontrol agents such as entomopathogenic fungi. Most species of fungi that have been studied belong to the Entomophthorales (Zygomycota). This order contains a great number of species of fungi that are parasitic on insects. The quantity of species of fungi, pathogenic to the plant disease and insects, are not only huge, but also characterized in almost all taxonomic groups with the omission of some Basidiomycota and Deuteromycota. The pathogenicity of these species is fairly variable, ranging all the way to species which are obligate pathogens.

This Special Issue intends to gather the most recent and original research and review papers on the identification, development, and exploitation of fungal pathogen against insect pests and plant disease through their mode action, including but not limited to molecular characterization, biology, physiology, and biochemistry.

Prof. Dr. Sengottayan Senthil-Nathan
Dr. Sengodan Karthi
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  • entomopathogenic fungi 
  • Entomophthorales–Zygomycota 
  • secondary metabolites 
  • mycotoxin 
  • Metarhizium
  • dextrin
  • Beauveria
  • fungal antagonists

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