Fungi: Ascomycota: Sordariomycetes: Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae: Metarhizium anisopliae (Metschn.) Sorokīn
Synonyms: Entomophthora anisopliae, Isaria anisopliae, Metarhizium album, Metarhizium guizhouense, Metarhizium pinghaense, Metarhizium velutinum, Penicillium anisopliae.
Common name: green muscardine disease.
Extract from Wikipedia article: Metarhizium anisopliae, formerly known as Entomophthora anisopliae (basionym), is a fungus that grows naturally in soils throughout the world and causes disease in various insects by acting as a parasitoid. Ilya I. Mechnikov named it after the insect species from which it was originally isolated – the beetle Anisoplia austriaca. It is a mitosporic fungus with asexual reproduction, which was formerly classified in the form class Hyphomycetes of the phylum Deuteromycota (also often called Fungi Imperfecti). According to Paul Stamets, it could be the answer to prevent colony collapse disorder and catastrophic famine.
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