General Limitations to Endophytic Entomopathogenic Fungi Use as Plant Growth Promoters, Pests and Pathogens Biocontrol Agents

Abstract:

The multiple roles of fungal entomopathogens in host plants’ growth promotion, pest and pathogen management have drawn huge attention for investigation. Endophytic species are known to influence various activities of their associated host plants, and the endophyte-colonized plants have been demonstrated to gain huge benefits from these symbiotic associations. The potential application of fungal endophytes as alternative to inorganic fertilizers for crop improvement has often been proposed. Similarly, various strains of insect pathogenic fungi have been formulated for use as mycopesticides and have been suggested as long-term replacement for the synthetic pesticides that are commonly in use. The numerous concerns about the negative effects of synthetic chemical pesticides have also driven attention towards developing eco-friendly pest management techniques. However, several factors have been underlined to be militating the successful adoption of entomopathogenic fungi and fungal endophytes as plant promoting, pests and diseases control bio-agents. The difficulties in isolation and characterization of novel strains, negative effects of geo-graphical location, vegetation type and human disturbance on fungal entomopathogens, are among the numerous setbacks that have been documented. Although, the latest advances in biotechnology and microbial studies have provided means of overcoming many of these problems. For instance,studies have suggested measures for mitigating the negative effects of biotic and abiotic stressors on entomopathogenic fungi in inundative application on the field, or when applied in the form of fungal endophytes. In spite of these efforts, more studies are needed to be done to achieve the goal of improving the overall effectiveness and increase in the level of acceptance of entomopathogenic fungi and their products as an integral part of the integrated pest management programs, as well as potential adoption as an alternative to inorganic fertilizers and pesticides.
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APA

Bamisile, B (2024). General Limitations to Endophytic Entomopathogenic Fungi Use as Plant Growth Promoters, Pests and Pathogens Biocontrol Agents. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/general-limitations-to-endophytic-entomopathogenic-fungi-use-as-plant-growth-promoters-pests-and-pathogens-biocontrol-agents

MLA 8th

Bamisile, Bamisope "General Limitations to Endophytic Entomopathogenic Fungi Use as Plant Growth Promoters, Pests and Pathogens Biocontrol Agents" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/general-limitations-to-endophytic-entomopathogenic-fungi-use-as-plant-growth-promoters-pests-and-pathogens-biocontrol-agents. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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Bamisile, Bamisope . "General Limitations to Endophytic Entomopathogenic Fungi Use as Plant Growth Promoters, Pests and Pathogens Biocontrol Agents". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 29 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/general-limitations-to-endophytic-entomopathogenic-fungi-use-as-plant-growth-promoters-pests-and-pathogens-biocontrol-agents >.

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Bamisile, Bamisope . "General Limitations to Endophytic Entomopathogenic Fungi Use as Plant Growth Promoters, Pests and Pathogens Biocontrol Agents" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 29, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/general-limitations-to-endophytic-entomopathogenic-fungi-use-as-plant-growth-promoters-pests-and-pathogens-biocontrol-agents