Varsha - Bioscience and Technology






Metarhizium anisopliae is an entomopathogenic fungus that infects insects that come in contact with it. Once the fungus spores attach to the surface of the insect, germinate and begin to grow, they then penetrate the exoskeleton of the insect and grow very rapidly inside the insect causing the insect to die. Other insects that come in contact with infected insects also become infected with the fungus.

Metarhizium has the ability to attack and kill insects. We have tested the isolate of Metarhizium used in many different ways to assess its safety to people and other (non-insect) animals. Metarhizium anisopliae produces a number of secondary metabolites acting as mycotoxined (insecticidal toxins), including DestruxintE, which is considered as new generation insecticide against many aphid species, moth and fly larvae. These toxins are known insecticides against many pests and the rapid development of the mycotoxins causes death of insects.