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Isolation in vitro of Strongwellsea castrans [Fungi: Entomophthorales] a pathogen of adult cabbage root flies, Delia radicum [Dipt.: Anthomyiidae]

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The entomogenous fungus Strongwellsea castrans was isolated in vitro for the first time, by incubating conidia projected from infected cabbage root flies (Delia radicum) in a simple, semi-defined liquid medium comprising dextrose, yeast extract and lactalbumin hydrolysate buffered to pH 7. The fungus grew as long unitunicate hyphae. After transfer to a solid nutrient medium, multinucleate hyphal bodies were formed which developed a thick, laminated wall. Neither conidia nor resting spores developed in liquid or on solid media and the fungus survived successive sub-culturing only in liquid media. Using the API-ZYM system, tests on extracts on hyphae of S. castrans were positive for 11 enzymes but there were no consistent differences in enzyme profiles between S. castrans and fungi of the related genus Erynia.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEntomophaga
Vol/bind37
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)65-77
Antal sider13
ISSN0013-8959
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 mar. 1992

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