Mary Barbercheck, Pennsylvania State College
Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Division of Entomology
Farmers and agricultural professionals have nice curiosity in exploiting useful soil organisms, particularly in natural techniques with their deal with soil well being and reliance on pure cycles to handle plant well being and pests. Endophytes are microorganisms that kind non- pathogenic symbioses with vegetation and may confer advantages together with development promotion and elevated plant tolerance to environmental stresses which might be predicted to extend with local weather change. Our long-term purpose is to know how one can promote and preserve the useful endemic soil fungus, Metarhizium robertsii, as an insect pathogen and endophyte in natural cropping techniques.