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Establishment of the fungal entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) as an endophyte in cocoa seedlings (Theobroma cacao)
- Posada, F., Vega, F.E.
- Mycologia 2005 v.97 no.6 pp. 1195
- Beauveria bassiana, entomopathogenic fungi, endophytes, biological control agents, fungal spores, spore germination, Theobroma cacao, seedlings, cocoa beans, Penicillium oxalicum, Conopomorpha cramerella, insect pests, plant pests, insect control, biological control
- The fungal entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana became established as an endophyte in in vitro-grown cocoa seedlings tested for up to 2 mo after inoculation to the radicle with B. bassiana suspensions. The fungus was recovered in culture from stems, leaves and roots. B. bassiana also was detected as an epiphyte 1 and 2 mo postinoculation. Penicillium oxalicum and five bacterial morphospecies also were detected, indicating that these were present as endophytes in the seed.