Canadian Forest Service Publications

Auto-inoculation: making insects agents of their own destruction. 2011. Lavallée, R. NRCan, CFS, Laurentian Forestry Centre, Québec, Que. Branching out from the Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre. No. 72. 2 p.

Year: 2011

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 33289

Language: English

Series: Branching Out (LFC - Québec)

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If a pair of flies was able to reproduce unimpeded for five years, the Earth’s surface would be covered with a 1.5 m thick layer of buzzing insects. Fortunately, this could never happen because natural control mechanisms keep insect populations in check. Entomopathogenic fungi, which cause disease in insects, constitute an important control factor. These naturally occurring fungi, which target specific insects, are being used increasingly to control insect pests, and they may prove to be invaluable allies against the emerald ash borer.

Also available under the title:
Autocontamination et autodissémination, ou l’art de rendre la liberté mortelle. L’éclaircie du Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie des Laurentides. No. 72. (French)