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The role of sesquiterpene volatiles emitted by plant-symbiotic Trichoderma virens in plant-herbivore interactions
Trichoderma spp. are widely applied as biocontrol agents to protect crops from plant pathogens. Many of these strains are opportunistic endophytes that provide their host with additional benefits, most prominently growth promotion. These processes c... [+]

Wireworm damage in potato production substantially increased within the last years, both in conventional and organic production systems. Farmers often face existence-threatening yield losses due to wireworms. Currently effective plant protection stra... [+]

Endophytic Beauveria bassiana for the control of Eldana saccharina, Chilo partellus and the Yellow sugarcane aphid (YSA)
The entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana has been shown to establish an endophytic relationship with a wide range of agronomically important crops. This fungus has been reported to result in larval mortality and induced weight loss when pest larvae we... [+]

Biologischer Pflanzenschutz mit innovativen Formulierungen von endophytischen entomopathogenen Pilzen gegen Schadinsekten
Die Entwicklung und Anwendung von neuen und effektiven Pflanzenschutzstrategien gegen Pflanzenkrankheiten und Pflanzenschädlinge ist eine der stetigen und zentralen Herausforderungen für die Agrarforschung. Probleme, die durch Resistenzen oder neu ei... [+]