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Internal and External Mycoflora of the American Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae), and Its Ecological Implications

By Jay A. Yoder, Peter E. Hanson, Lawrence W. Zettler, Joshua B. Benoit, Fiorella Ghisays and Kurt A. Piskin

Abstract

Scopulariopsis brevicaulis, the anamorph of Microascus brevicaulis (Microascaceae, Ascomycota), has been identified in the body contents of the tick Dermacentor variabilis. After topical application of the fungal inoculum, tick mortality was marked. This is the first account describing the internal mycoflora of D. variabilis with a novel technique used to recover potential biological control agents

Topics: Invertebrate Microbiology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1128/AEM.69.8.4994-4996.2003
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:169152
Provided by: PubMed Central
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