Action on the Surface: Entomopathogenic Fungi versus the Insect Cuticle

  title={Action on the Surface: Entomopathogenic Fungi versus the Insect Cuticle},
  author={Almudena Ort{\'i}z-Urquiza and Nemat O Keyhani},
Infections mediated by broad host range entomopathogenic fungi represent seminal observations that led to one of the first germ theories of disease and are a classic example of a co-evolutionary arms race between a pathogen and target hosts. These fungi are able to parasitize susceptible hosts via direct penetration of the cuticle with the initial and potentially determining interaction occurring between the fungal spore and the insect epicuticle. Entomogenous fungi have evolved mechanisms for… CONTINUE READING
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