Biological control & Registration of fungi

Control of subterranean pests (e.g. grape phylloxera, scarab, wireworm and weevil pests, western corn root worm) and ticks with mycoinsecticides such as Beauveria spp. and Metarhizium spp., plant diseases and biological pest control, production and formulation, risk assessment and registration, exploitation of metabolites from biocontrol agents, , structure elucidation of secondary metabolites, soil microbiology.

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Topics

  • Entomopathogenic Fungi & Biocontrol
  • Biotechnology & Biopesticides
  • Risk assessment & Registration

Technologies

  • Mitosporic fungi isolation and identification
  • Propagation and storage
  • Propagule enumeration (direct and indirect enumeration)
  • Testing the pathogenicity (Host assays and bioassays i.e. Scarabs, Chrysomelidae)
  • Safety testing procedure, risk assessment and registration

Key Publications

Mayerhofer, J., Rauch, H., Hartmann, M., Widmer, F., Gschwend, F., Strasser, H., Leuchtmann A. & Enkerli, J. (2019) Response of soil microbial communities to the application of a formulated Metarhizium brunneum biocontrol strain. Biocont. Sci. Technol., 29 (6): 547-564
Benjamin, E.O, Grabenweger, G. Strasser, H. & Wesseler J. (2018) The socioeconomic benefits of biological control of western corn rootworm Diabrotica virgifera virgifera and wireworms Agriotes spp. in maize and potatoes for selected European countries. J. Plant Dis. Prot. 125 (3), 273-285
Rauch. H., Steinwender, B.M., Mayerhofer, J., Sigsgaard, L., Eilenberg, J., Enkerli, J., Zelger, R. & Strasser, H. (2017) Efficacy assessment of Heterorhabditis bacteriophora (Nematoda: Heterorhabditidae), Metarhizium brunneum (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae), and chemical insecticides for Diabrotica virgifera virgifera larval management under real farm conditions. Biol. Cont., 107: 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2017.01.007

 

Group Leader

Mag. Dr. Hermann Strasser; Senior Scientist

University of Innsbruck

Institute of Microbiology

Technikerstraße 25, 6020 Innsbruck

+43 512 507 51233

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Group Members

  • MSc Maria Zottele, PhD student

    Isolation and genotyping of fungi; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • BSc Lisa-Maria Raschbichler, Master student

    Bewertung von Beauveria brongniartii Dispersions- und Feststoffformulierungen als Wirkstoff gegen Melolontha spp.(Scarabaeidae) in Boden- und Wurzelsystemen
  • BSc David Remesperger, Master student

    Ganzheitliche Bothynoderes punctiventritis (Rübenderbrüssler) Bekämpfung im Zuckerrübenanbau mit dem entomopathogen Pilz Metarhizium; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • BSc Sezen Eraslan, Master student

    Populationsgenetische Untersuchung von Metarhizium spp. in drei ausgewählten Habitaten; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mag. Dr. Christoph Schinagl

    Fungal physiology; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Dr. Barbara Pernfuß, Senior PostDoc

    Risk assessment and registration; Ectomycorrhizae; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • BSc Eva Feistritzer, Master student

    Characterization of cryopreserved (cryogenic stored) Metarhizium species regarding their spore production capability and virulence
  • BSc Jaka Zupanic, Master student

    Populationsgenetische Untersuchungen des Pilzpathogens Beauveria brongniartii isoliert von europäischen Maikäferarten (Melolonthinae)