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Department of Entomology

ISU Entomology / The Impacts of Conventional and Organic Agriculture on Entomopathogenic Fungi

The Impacts of Conventional and Organic Agriculture on Entomopathogenic Fungi

Monday, April 29th at 4:10pm, in E164 Lagomarcino Hall
Eric Clifton, Department of Entomology, ISU
Abstract: Entomopathogenic fungi kill agricultural pests and can diminish outbreaks. Better understanding of these organisms is an essential step in developing strategies to their conservation in agricultural systems. We hypothesize that 1) organic farming methods better suit populations of soil-borne entomopathogenic fungi, and 2) conventional farming methods, coupled with the use of synthetic chemical inputs, could have negative impacts on these beneficial fungi. Results from field studies conducted in 2011 and 2012 will be presented.
MS thesis seminar