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Bioassays of entomopathogenic microbes and nematodes.

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The background theory and practical protocols for bioassays of biological control agents against agricultural and medical insect pests are provided. Chapters are presented on the bioassays of Bacillus thuringiensis, bacteria against soil-dwelling insect pests, entomopathogenic viruses, entomogenous fungi, microsporidia [Microspora] and entomopathogenic nematodes, statistical and computational anal...


Chapter 1 (Page no: 1)

1A. Bioassays of Bacillus thuringiensis products used against agricultural pests.

This chapter describes a comprehensive collection of bioassay protocols and procedures for quantifying activities of conventional B. thuringiensis products against agricultural pests, such as lepidopterous and coleopterous insects. In tritrophic interactions of B. thuringiensis, the microbe bioassays are combined with compatibility assays of plant allelochemicals or interactions with the insect host and its larval parasitoid(s). The bioassays for monitoring insect resistance to the microbe have been made more efficient and practical. Bioassays of genetically engineered B. thuringiensis plant products (cotton, maize and potato) are also described.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 2 (Page no: 73) Bioassays of replicating bacteria against soil-dwelling insect pests. Author(s): Jackson, T. A. Saville, D. J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 95) Bioassays of entomopathogenic viruses. Author(s): Jones, K. A.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 141) Bioassays of entomogenous fungi. Author(s): Butt, T. M. Goettel, M. S.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 197) Bioassays of microsporidia. Author(s): Maddox, J. V. Brooks, W. M. Solter, L. F.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 229) Bioassays for entomopathogenic nematodes. Author(s): Glazer, I. Lewis, E. E.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 249) Statistical and computational analysis of bioassay data. Author(s): Marcus, R. Eaves, D. M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 295) Legislation affecting the collection, use and safe handling of entomopathogenic microbes and nematodes. Author(s): Smith, D.