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Isolation of entomopathogenic microorganisms to biological control of arthropod pests

Grant number: 11/07236-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2011
Effective date (End): August 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Antonio Polanczyk
Grantee:Thiago Trevisoli Agostini
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil


The isolation of entomopathogenic microorganisms is one of the main stages of the formulation of insecticides, with the potential to replace and / or minimize the use of pesticides in agriculture. This isolation process comprises selecting the substrate to be used, choice of procedure for isolation and separation of microorganisms present in the samples, morphological characterization of the selected material, and finally packaging of the material. This project aims at the isolation of entomopathogenic fungi (mainly Metarhizium anisopliae, Beauveria bassiana and Lecanicillium lecanii) and the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis entomopathogenic from various substrates collected in several regions of São Paulo.This collection of ento serve basis to support basic and applied research on microbial control of insect and mite pests of several crops in the state of Sao Paulo.