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Ferret out a Natural Bio-Pesticide: Ophicordyceps nutans in Central India and Its Interaction Analysis with Tree Stink Bug

Ferret out a Natural Bio-Pesticide: Ophicordyceps nutans in Central India and Its Interaction... Ophicordyceps is a genus of fungi that grow on insects. In this paper we report for the first time the occurrence of Ophicordyceps nutans Pat. a species belonging to this entomopathogenic fungi group in Kanger Valley National Park in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh in Central India. The fruiting body or ascocarp of O. nutans was found in Halyomorpha halys, brown marmorated stink bug—an insect pest. The study highlighted the impact of O. nutans on the host insect and the damage it causes in trees and crops. The local people use this fungus in traditional medicine as an immune stimulator and also as a pest-control agent to protect crop and tree from stink bug. Therefore, it appears that O. nutans possesses great potential to be developed as natural medicine and bio-pesticide to save the agricultural crops and forest trees. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the Zoological Society Springer Journals

Ferret out a Natural Bio-Pesticide: Ophicordyceps nutans in Central India and Its Interaction Analysis with Tree Stink Bug

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © Zoological Society, Kolkata, India 2020
ISSN
0373-5893
eISSN
0974-6919
DOI
10.1007/s12595-020-00328-4
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Abstract

Ophicordyceps is a genus of fungi that grow on insects. In this paper we report for the first time the occurrence of Ophicordyceps nutans Pat. a species belonging to this entomopathogenic fungi group in Kanger Valley National Park in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh in Central India. The fruiting body or ascocarp of O. nutans was found in Halyomorpha halys, brown marmorated stink bug—an insect pest. The study highlighted the impact of O. nutans on the host insect and the damage it causes in trees and crops. The local people use this fungus in traditional medicine as an immune stimulator and also as a pest-control agent to protect crop and tree from stink bug. Therefore, it appears that O. nutans possesses great potential to be developed as natural medicine and bio-pesticide to save the agricultural crops and forest trees.

Journal

Proceedings of the Zoological SocietySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 11, 2020

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