Fungus May Be The Ultimate Pest-Control
Two insects in particular plague modern humans, and those are ants and mosquitoes. Ants destroy property, sting, and spread in alarming numbers; mosquitoes bite and carry deadly diseases. But one scientist may have discovered the key to reducing, or even eliminating, their growing numbers: fungus.
Professor Nemat Keyhani is a microbiologist who is working with the fungus Beauveria bassiana as a potential pest-control agent. Reliable testing has demonstrated consistent efficacy against both fire ants and mosquitoes, but without killing butterflies, moths or other benign insects. After five years of research, Professor Keyhani is confident this fungus could be used as an effective means to eradicate ants and mosquitoes.
The fungus has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. The next task before widespread implementation is to perfect economical methods of application. Keyhani is hoping that private or corporate funding may be available, considering the potential marketability of ant and mosquito control.
The fungus is not harmful to humans. Insects can also become immune to its effects, but Keyhani notes that its most fruitful application may be in combination with pesticides.