Diversity and abundance of entomopathogenic fungi at ant colonies.

  title={Diversity and abundance of entomopathogenic fungi at ant colonies.},
  author={Steven Angelone and Michael J Bidochka},
  journal={Journal of invertebrate pathology},

A fungus infected environment does not alter the behaviour of foraging ants

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Occurrence, Identification, and Virulence of Native Fungal Pathogens Isolated From Mexican Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) Larvae From Soils of Three Cropping Systems

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Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect

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Social immunity modulates competition between coinfecting pathogens.

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Entomopathogens Isolated from Invasive Ants and Tests of Their Pathogenicity

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Variation in morphology and ribosomal DNA among isolates of Metarhizium anisopliae from Thailand.

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Distribution of insect pathogenic soil fungi in Switzerland with special reference to Beauveria brongniartii and Metharhizium anisopliae

Between 1998 and 2000 soil samples from 82fields in north, east, central and south westof Switzerland were analysed for presence ofinsect pathogenic soil fungi using a selectivemedium and the

Three sympatrically occurring species of Metarhizium show plant rhizosphere specificity.

Ass associations demonstrate that different species of Metarhizium associate with specific plant types, including wildflower rhizosphere when co-occurring with M. guizhouense and M. brunneum.

Disease Dynamics in a Specialized Parasite of Ant Societies

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Occurrence of the entomopathogenic fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana in soils from temperate and near-northern habitats

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