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Biocontrol using fungi: a new green revolution (31-07-2012)

Natural insect-killing microbes could benefit food security and environments across the world.
Green muscardine fungus, or Metarhizium anisopliae, occurs naturally in soils worldwide. A brutally effective killer of certain insects - in the right conditions it works in days - it's harmless to beneficial creatures like bees and ladybirds.

Professor Tariq Butt, an expert in entomopathogenic (insect-killing) fungi at Swansea University, thinks this natural biological agent could transform pest control and give growers an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to chemical pesticides. In developing countries, it could improve the lives of both growers and local communities by overcoming the growing problem of pest resistance, as well as reducing exposure to potentially harmful pesticides.

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