n African Entomology - (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) cuticle as a barrier for and sp. infection

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



The objective of this study was to evaluate the ability of two isolates and one sp. isolate to infect adults under laboratory conditions. The lethal concentrations (LC) of the Egyptian and exotic and isolates for were 323 x 106, 835 x 106 and 281 x 107 conidia/ml, respectively. Although, there was no significant difference observed in the mortality rates of adults exposed to the conidiospores of the fungal isolates, the results demonstrated a concentration-dependent pattern. The conidia showed limited attachment to the insect integument. Interestingly, a positive relationship was observed between the rate of increase in the germination of conidia and that of the exposure time, up to 84-92% at 48 h post-infection. Furthermore, germination of the isolates on the wings was significantly different. The conidia gave rise to germ tubes at 12 h with bipolar germ tubes and hyphal network at 48 h post-infection. SEM revealed that the Egyptian strain damaged both the epicuticle and procuticle at 72 h post-infection with tube penetration in the cuticle and epidermis of both the exotic - and -infected bugs. Many changes were recorded in the cuticular phenoloxidase, fatty acids and hydrocarbons following fungal infection. These results induce direct relationship between the changes in the cuticular composition and the attachment/germination of the entomopathogenic fungi. These data provide useful information with regard to the applicability of entomopathogenic fungi against .

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