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      Susceptibility of biological stages of the horn fly, Haematobia irritans, to entomopathogenic fungi (Hyphomycetes)

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          The susceptibility of the egg, pupa, and adult of Haematobia irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) to isolates of the fungi Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.) Sor., Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill., and Paecilomyces fumosoroseus (Wize) Brown and Smith, was evaluated under laboratory conditions. Groups of 20 eggs than 4 h old, pupae less than 48h old and adults were sprayed with a conidial suspension of each isolate. Eggs, pupae and adults of horn fly were susceptible to these entomopathogenic fungi. For treated eggs, the isolates Ma3, Ma 15, Ma25, Pfr1, and Pfr8 reduced adult emergence to 3.8% to 6.3% in comparison with the control (72%). The mortality of pupae infected by the isolates Ma2, Ma25, and Pfr10 ranged between 50% and 71.3%. Mortality of adults after treatment with the isolates Ma6, Ma 10, Ma 14, Ma 15, Pfr 1, Pfr 9, Pfr 10, Pfr 11, and Pfr12 were higher than 90%. The isolate Ma6 produced the lowest LC 50 against adult horn flies (8.08 &times 10 2conidia/ml). These findings supported the hypotheses that isolates of M. anisopliae, and P. fumosoroseus are pathogenic against the different biological stages of horn flies by reducing adult emergence when applied on groups of eggs and pupae, and producing mortality when applied to adults.


          La susceptibilidad de los estados biológicos de larva, pupa y adulto de Haematobia irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae) a aislados de los hongos Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.) Sor., Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill., y Paecilomyces fumosoroseus (Wize) Brown y Smith, fue evaluada bajo condiciones de laboratorio. Grupos de 20 huevos de 4 h de edad fueron colocados sobre 50 g de excremento de vaca fresco en una proporción de 10:1 de excremento de vaca: harina de pescado deshidratada y ellos se asperjaron con una suspensión a una concentración de 1 × 10 6 conidias/ml. Otros grupos de 20 pupas de menos de 48 h de edad fueron asperjados con una suspensión conteniendo 1 × 10 8 conidias/ml, y cuatro grupos de 20 adultos fueron asperjadas con una suspensión de cada aislado. Los huevos, pupas y adultos de la mosca de los cuernos fueron susceptibles a los hongos entomopatógenos. Los aislados Ma2, Ma3, Ma 15, Ma25, Pfr1, y Pfr8 causaron una reducción en la emergencia de los adultos desde 3.8 a 6.3% en comparación con el testigo (72%). Las pupas fueron micosados por los aislados Ma2, Ma25 y Pfr10 en un rango entre 50 y 71.3%; los porcentajes de mortalidad de adultos mayor que 90% con los aislados Ma6, Ma 10, Ma 14, Pfr 9, Pfr 10, Pfr 11 y Pfr12. La CL 50 más baja (8.08 ×10 2conidias/ml) en contra de adultos de moscas de los cuernos, la produjo el aislado Ma6. Los resultados apoyan la hipótesis de que los aislados de M. anisopliae y P. fumosoroseus son patógenos de diferentes estados biológico de las moscas del cuerno y que estos hongos reducen la emergencia de adultos cuando son aplicados a grupos de huevos y pupas y producen mortalidad cuando son aplicados a adultos de esta plaga.

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                J Insect Sci
                Journal of Insect Science
                University of Arizona Library
                31 December 2005
                : 5
                [1 ]Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Universidad de Colima, Km 40 Autopista Colima-Manzanillo, Tecomán, Colima, CP. 28100
                [2 ]Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias, Universidad de Colima, Km 40 Autopista Colima-Manzanillo, Tecomán, Colima, CP. 28100
                [3 ]Instituto Tecnológico Agropecuario de Aguascalientes. A.P. 74-2, Admón. Postal No. 2, C.P. 20041, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
                [4 ]Centro Universitario de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias. Universidad de Guadalajara. Km. 15.5 Carretera Guadalajara-Nogales “Las agujas” Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
                [5 ]American Embassy, Unit 0945, APO, AA 34002 (located in Panama City, Panama)
                [6 ]University of Nebraska Lincoln, Insect Genetics Laboratory, Department of Entomology, 312 F Plant Industry Building, Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0938
                Correspondence: jmolina@ 123456ucol.mx , jmolina18@ 123456hotmail.com , rlezama@ 123456ucol.mx
                Copyright © 2005. Open access; copyright is maintained by the authors.


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