Beauveria bassiana

Beauveria bassiana is an entomopathogenic fungus that causes white muscardine disease in a range of insects including whiteflies, aphids, thrips, grasshoppers and certain types of beetles and mites.

It differs from Nosema locustae in that it does not need to be ingested by the host; Beauveria bassiana spores simply need to come in contact with a host.

Once the host insect is infected, the fungus rapidly grows inside of the insect, feeding on the nutrients present in the host’s body and producing toxins in the process.

When the host dies, the Beauveria bassiana covers the carcass in a layer of white mold that produces more infective spores.

For more Beauveria bassiana from Lin Chemical

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