We have created a lab with the goal of producing and performing entomopathogenic fungi mycoparasitism, for the specific control of thrips and botrytis on the farms of the group.
In the case of antagonistic fungi, the use of Trichoderma species is very common, this fungus has the ability to parasitize other fungi (mycoparasitism) by the secretion of lectines which attract the hyphae of Trichoderma and generate an accelerated growth causing an infection of the pathogen which produces enzymes that weaken the cell wall allowing the diffusion of the antibiotics into the organism.
Entomopathogenic fungi act primarily by contact, when the fungus is able to penetrate and invade the insect, causing death by mycosis. The infection cycle of these fungi has two phases: the first one is the phase in which the fungus adheres, germinates, penetrates and multiplies with subsequent toxin production. The second phase covers full colonization, fungus emerging and fungus sporulation if it has the adequate conditions.