Fungal Troops Could Stem the Tide and Curb Populations of Devastating Insects in the Midwest

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Fungal Troops Could Stem the Tide and Curb Populations of Devastating Insects in the Midwest

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2021-11

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Fall Armyworms terrorize midwestern agricultural fields every summer, but with more research, fungal endophytes could curb their populations and drive up production in the fields. Fungal endophytes are exchanged between many parts of a community, including soil, plants, and animals in the community. The exchange of these endophytes could hold the answer to limiting insecticide use for these worms. In this report which is written for the non-scientist, fungal endophyte exchange within a community is analyzed, and how this could be used as an environmentally friends insecticide is discussed.

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This research was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

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Peck, Alyssa. (2021). Fungal Troops Could Stem the Tide and Curb Populations of Devastating Insects in the Midwest. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/225359.

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