2013 Volume 55 Pages 13-16
The effect of a granule formulation of an entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae on melon thrip, Thrips palmi, legume leafminer, Liriomyza sativae and the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci populations was investigated on greenhouse cucumber. In the treated plot, 5 kg of M. anisopliae granules per 10 a were applied to the ground on 7 September 2012. The population density of the thrips and the number of leafminer mines were lower in the treated plot than in the control plot, and the whitefly population density was similar in both plots. It suggests that the population densities of pest species that pupate in the soil can be controlled by M. anisopliae granules.