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A technique for accelerating and synchronising germination of conidia of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/1985
<mark>Journal</mark>Archives of Microbiology
Issue number2
Volume142
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)204-206
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae (strain ME1) failed to swell or form germ-tubes in distilled water. However, a period of soaking in distilled water (10–44 h) accelerated the process of germination when a suitable nutrient source was provided. The implications of this novel observation are discussed in terms of mechanisms of germination and the use of parasitic fungi for insect pest control.