Metarhizium Anisopliae

Metarhizium Anisopliae
Entomopathogenic species of Metarhizium anisopliae grow naturally in soils throughout the world and cause disease in various insects by acting as parasites. The fungus has green spores so the diseases it causes are sometime called green muscardine disease. The fungus produces a number of secondary metabolites including insecticidal cyclic peptides such as destruxins (Wang et al., 2009). Owing to its broad host range, M. anisopliae is being used as a biological insecticide to control a number of pests such as beetles and termites. The species M. acridum, however, is locust specific and has been used to control locusts and grasshoppers in large-scale in China, Africa and Australia.


Collaborators

This work is taking place within the framework of a community based analysis project led by Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Shanghai, China.


References

Gao Q et al., "Genome sequencing and comparative transcriptomics of the model entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and M. acridum.", PLoS Genet, 2011 Jan 6; 7(1):e1001264
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