Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences
Dr. Alexis E. Racelis
Dr. Joanne Rampersad-Ammons
Dr. Christopher Vitek
Fungal entomopathogens present an opportunity to produce mosquito controls on-site, from remote locations to developing communities. Locally produced biopesticides have the potential to empower communities to develop internal disease vector control initiatives to protect local public health. We tested the effectiveness of the conidia solution and blastospore solution of Metarhizium anisopliae E9, Metarhizium anisopliae E1037, Isaria fumosorosea A97, and Isaria fumosorosea 9901 in controlling Aedes aegypti pupae. We observed that entomopathogenic fungi liquid blastospore solution induce mortality in Aedes aegypti pupae at a significantly greater rate than conidia solution and control treatment.
However, further analysis of testing methods used in this study reveal that results may be an inaccurate representation of the fungi’s effect on mosquito pupae.
Ramirez Garcia Rojas, Ricardo Alberto, "Aquatic Stage Mosquito Biocontrol: Effects of Entomopathogenic Fungi Blastospores and Conidia on Aedes aegypti Pupae" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 749.