Beauveria Bassiana Applied to Broiler Chicken Houses as Biocontrol of Alphitobius Diaperinus Panzer (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), an Avian Pathogens Vector
Alves L.F.A. 1, Oliveira D.G.P. 2, Lambkin T. 3, Bonini A.K. 1, Alves V. 1, Pinto F.G.S. 1, Scur M.C. 1.
1 State University of Western Paraná, Laboratory of Agricultural Biotechnology, Cascavel, Paraná, Brazil; 2 Federal University of Technology/UTFPR, Santa Helena, Paraná, Brazil; 3 Entomologist at Ensource Consulting Pty Ltd, Taringa, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
IntroductionThe lesser mealworm Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) is a ubiquitous and significant insect pest in commercial poultry house litter. The young chicks ingest larval and adult of the lesser mealworms, which negatively affects their performance and behavior, and causes gastrointestinal lesions (Despins & Axtel, 1995; Japp, 2008). The insect plays a potential...