Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 12, Issue 2,2014
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Evaluation of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) Vuillemin isolates against Bemisia tabaci Genn. (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) based on laboratory and field efficacies


Mohammad S. Al-alawi *, Maher Obiedat, Reem Abbasi

Recieved Date: 2014-01-15, Accepted Date: 2014-04-10


A total of 32 Beauveria bassiana isolates from soils in Jordan, in addition to the commercially available GHA isolate, were evaluated for their efficacy against the sweet potato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci. Screening of the isolates involved three-step bioassay procedure in the laboratory and the greenhouse to identify the most virulent isolates. The isolates were tested against the 4th nymphal instar and the adult whitefly. Results showed that the four isolates: BAU007, BAU016, BAU018 and BAU019 were highly virulent to the whitefly and caused more than 80% mortality. The LC50 values for the isolates BAU007, BAU016, BAU018, BAU019 and GHA were 3.16×106, 1.17×106, 9.33×105, 5.62×105 and 7.76×105, respectively. Further, greenhouse trials showed that the isolates BAU018 and BAU019 were as virulent as the commercial isolate GHA. These findings indicate the potential for B. bassiana isolates BAU018 and BAU019 to be developed as microbial insecticides for effective and safe B. tabaci management.


Beauveria bassiana, Bemisia tabaci, isolates, efficacy, mortality

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2014
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 478-481

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