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Tag: biological control

Nine-part 3x3 collage image with overhead views of nine dark-colored beetles. While varying in exact shape and color, they are all mostly black in color with long abdomens covered by vertical-lined wing shields. Some of the beetles are slightly iridescent.

Ground Beetles Key Allies for Slug Control in Conservation Agriculture

Slugs are a common headache for corn and soybean growers following the conservation agriculture practices of limited tillage and frequent cover cropping. A new study finds that, among slugs' natural enemies, ground beetles provide the best control, and growers should consider practices that attract ground beetles to their fields.

Multi-panel image with several close-up photographs of a dead insect larva or pupa covered in a white fungal growth, identified as Fusarium concentricum. The fungus appears as circular patterns of white growth on the insect's body. In the bottom right two panels are an overhead view of a circular petri dish entirely filled with the white fungus.

Fungus Species Found Infecting Moth Pest of Chinese Fir Trees

Several species of fungus in the genus Fusarium are known to infect insects, while some also infect plants. Researchers in China report the first observation of the species Fusarium concentricum infecting an insect—in this case a key moth pest of Chinese fir trees.