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Conservation of an endophytic insect-pathogen fungus for plant safety in natural cropping


Mary Barbercheck, Pennsylvania State College
Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Division of Entomology

Farmers and agricultural professionals have nice curiosity in exploiting useful soil organisms, particularly in natural techniques with their give attention to soil well being and reliance on pure cycles to handle plant well being and pests. Endophytes are microorganisms that kind non- pathogenic symbioses with crops and might confer advantages together with progress promotion and elevated plant tolerance to environmental stresses which can be predicted to extend with local weather change. Our long-term objective is to grasp learn how to promote and preserve the useful endemic soil fungus, Metarhizium robertsii, as an insect pathogen and endophyte in natural cropping techniques.

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