Means for Insect Regulations: Fungi
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Fungi that infect insects, entomogenouse or entomopathogenic fungi, played major roles in the development of insect pathology. The germ theory of disease of animals was not established by Louis Pasteur's studies of a protozoan disease. of silkworms in the late 1860s; rather this was accomplished more than 30 years earlier by Augustino Bassi with a fungal disease of the same insect. Phagocytosis was not discovered by Metschnikoff in a vertebrate but in a fungus-infected arthropod. The first attempt to controle insects with a pathogen utilized a fungus, Metarrhizium anisoplia. And, the first large-scale field program, one that encompassed virtually the entire state of Kansas, was performed with a fungus, Beauveria bassiana.
Roberts, D.W. 1973. Means for insect regulations: Fungi. Annals New York Acad. Science 217: 76 84.