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Saturated salt solutions for humidity control and the survival of dry powder and oil formulations of Beauveria bassiana conidia

Hong, T. D., Edgington, S., Ellis, R. H. ORCID:, de Muro, M. A. and Moore, D. (2005) Saturated salt solutions for humidity control and the survival of dry powder and oil formulations of Beauveria bassiana conidia. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 89 (2). pp. 136-143. ISSN 0022-2011

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Oil-based formulated conidia sprayed on steel plates and conidia powder (control) of Beauveria bassiana isolate IMI 386243 were stored at temperatures from 10 to 40 degrees C in desiccators over saturated salt solutions providing relative humidities from 32 to 88%, or in hermetic storage at 40 degrees C, and moisture contents in equilibrium with 33 or 77% relative humidity. The negative semi-logarithmic relation (P < 0.005) between conidia longevity (at 40 degrees C) and equilibrium relative humidity did not differ (P > 0.25) between formulated conidia and conidia powder. Despite this, certain saturated salts provided consistently greater longevity (NaCl) and others consistently shorter longevity (KCl) for formulated conidia compared to conidia powder. These results, analysis of previous data, and comparison with hermetic storage, indicate that storage of conidia over saturated salt solutions provides inconsistent responses to environment and so may be problematic for bio-pesticide research. In hermetic storage, oil formulation was not deleterious to longevity and in the more moist environment enhanced survival periods. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8683
Uncontrolled Keywords:Beauveria bassiana, conidia survival, conidia storage longevity, moisture content, oil formulation, relative humidity, saturated salt, solution, hermetic storage, viability equation, METARHIZIUM-FLAVOVIRIDE CONIDIA, RELATIVE-HUMIDITY, MOISTURE-CONTENT, ANISOPLIAE CONIDIA, PROLONGED STORAGE, TEMPERATURE, VIABILITY, LONGEVITY, FIELD, INFECTIVITY

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