Metarhizium Anisopliae

Metarhizium anisopliae is a unique biological insecticide. Metarhizium anisopliae is an entomopathogenic fungus that causes muscardine disease on a range of insects like different bugs, weevils and hoppers.

When spores of M.anisopliae come in contact with a host’s cuticle by any means, the fungus rapidly grows and proliferates inside the insect. Once inside the body, it produces toxins that initiate protein degradation. The insect eventually dies as a result of chemical, mechanical, water loss & nutrient loss effects. Speed of kill depends on the number of spores contacting the insect, insect’s age, susceptibility and environmental conditions.

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Product Properties

Active Ingredient: Metarhizium anisopliae

Finished Product: Talcum based powder formulation of Metarhizium anisopliae

CFU Count: NLT 1×108 CFU/gm

Functional Uses: Bio-Insecticide

Benefits of Metarhizium Anisoliae

It effectively controls the economically important crop pests in agriculture. It is pet friendly, infant friendly, eco-friendly and helps to maintain the ecological balance. It helps in Pest reduction that leads to improved plant health and thereby increase in crop productivity. It does not cause harm to the beneficial parasites and useful predators, thus provides long lasting control. M. anisopliae shows excellent potential for management of thrips in various crop ecosystems. It can also be applied at harvest stage.

Target Crops:

Fruit crops, Cole crops, Sugarcane, cotton, groundnut, maize, sorghum, barley, Rice, Potato, Soybean, Ornamentals in greenhouses and nurseries etc.

Target Insects:

  • Root weevils– Otiorhynchus meridionalis, Othiorhynchus ovatus
  • Black vine weevil– Otiorhynchus sulcatus
  • Spittlebug– Philaenus spumarius
  • White grubs– Holotricha consanguinea
  • Termites– Odentotermus obesis
  • Japanese beetle– Popillia japonica
  • Caterpillar– Spodoptera litura
  • Semi loppers– Anomis flava
  • Borers– Orseolia oryzae, Spodoptera Mauritia, Chilo partellus
  • Cutworm– Agrotis ipsilon

Sucking pests like:-

  • Pyrilla– Pyrilla perpusilla
  • Mealy bugs– Planococcus citri, Drosicha mangiferae
  • Aphids– Lipapis erisimi

Method of Application & Dosage of Metarhizium Anisopliae

Foliar spray: One kg of M. anisopliae formulation in 150-200 lit of water. The spray volume depends on the crop canopy. Filter the solution with muslin cloth before spray on the target pest. Spray should be done during evening hours on both sides of the leaves.

Soil Application: Soil application is effective against Root weevils, White grubs and Termites (underground sitting/creeping insects). Mix 2 kg of M. anisopliae formulation with 150-200 kg of FYM /compost /well decomposed organic manure. Spray some water for moisture and cover it with a polythene sheet. Remix the heap after 4 days and again cover the heap. This process should be done under shade. After the complete process (8-10 days), broadcast this mixture into a 1-acre field.