Field application of biopolymercoated <i>Beauveria bassiana</i> F418 for clover root weevil (<i>Sitona lepidus</i>) control in Waikato and Manawatu


  • M. Brownbridge
  • T.L. Nelson
  • D.L. Hackell
  • T.M. Eden
  • D.J. Wilson
  • B.E. Willoughby
  • T.R. Glare



Clover root weevil (CRW) (Sitona lepidus) continues to have a severe impact on white clover in pastures in the North Island of New Zealand Trials were established in October 2005 as part of a continuing evaluation of the insectpathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana F418 strain for management of this pest F418 was applied as a rice biopolymer formulation targeting CRW larvae in the clover root feeding zone (35 cm below the surface) Overall there was a reduction in CRW numbers at all of the test sites The number of larvae recovered was significantly lower in F418treated than control plots after 3 weeks and the number of pupae was similarly lower in F418 than control plots after 6 weeks Higher levels of fungal propagules were recovered from 06 cm in the soil profile than 610 cm




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Brownbridge, M., Nelson, T., Hackell, D., Eden, T., Wilson, D., Willoughby, B. and Glare, T. 2006. Field application of biopolymercoated &lt;i&gt;Beauveria bassiana&lt;/i&gt; F418 for clover root weevil (&lt;i&gt;Sitona lepidus&lt;/i&gt;) control in Waikato and Manawatu. New Zealand Plant Protection. 59, (Aug. 2006), 304–311. DOI: