Submitted to: Inoculum
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 15, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The use of fungal pathogens and parasites to control the populations or deleterious effects of other organisms is a concept that arose in the latter part of the 19th century. A number of fungi have been registered for use in biocontrol in the US and in other countries against a wide range of hosts but not all of those that have been registered remain in use. There are many of us in the mycological community who wonder whether the potential of many fungi for use as biocontrol agents will ever be realized. This symposium will offer an evaluation of the prospects and problems for the future use of fungi as practical agents for the biological control of such diverse hosts as insects and other arthropods (M. Brownbridge), of weeds (W. Bruckart), of nematodes (Susan Meyer), and of phytopathogens (G. Harman). Comments will also offer the perspectives of a corporation that is acquiring, developing and marketing fungal biocontrol agents and of critically important regulatory policies that affect the acquisition, development, and testing of fungi for biocontrol. Following the main presentations, ample time will be made available for general discussion of the issues, problems, and areas of opportunity that will determine the real prospects for the expansion of the spectrum of fungi to be used for practical biocontrol efforts.