Laboratory Evaluation of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin against Indarbela Quadrinotata walker (Lepidoptera: Metarbelidae) - A Key Pest of Casuarina equisetifolia L. in Tamil Nadu
The bark eating caterpillar, Indarbela quadrinotata Walker is a serious pest of Casuarina equisetifolia in Tamil Nadu State. Survey conducted in plantations located in different parts of the State resulted in detection of a potential strain of the biocontrol agent, Beauveria bassiana. Laboratory evaluation of B. bassiana against l. quadrinotata revealed that the fungal suspension at concentrations of 2 x 106, 2 x 107 and 2 x 108 spores/ml was able to kill 66.67 per cent larvae. The fungus at a concentration of 4 x 108 spores/ml gave 100 per cent mortality of the test larvae. The LC50 at 240 hours was 1.6 x 106 spores/ml and the LT50 for the most effective concentration was 82.86 hours.
Beauveria bassiana, Casuarina equisetifolia, Indarbela quadrinotata.
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