Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Aspergillus flavus Dirk., natural control of different species of mealybugs.

Abstract

The fungus Aspergillus flavus was detected in populations of the pseudococcids Saccharicoccus sacchari and Planococcus citri, which were inoculated in the laboratory using 3 methods to confirm the symptoms. Attack by the fungus caused immobility and subsequent death of the insects. This is the first report of A. flavus as a natural control agent of P. citri in Cuba. However, it is concluded that the possible use of the fungus as a biological control agent could not be recommended owing to its mycotoxins, which are harmful to man and animals.