Entomopathogenic fungi

Entomopathogenic FungiBackground: The BIPESCO team Innsbruck (Ibk) is an international acknowledged group on the control of subterranean pests (e.g. grape phylloxera, scarab, wireworm and weevil pests, western corn root worm) and ticks (Ixodes ricinus) with mycoinsecticides such as Beauveria spp. and Metarhizium spp. Our excellent references as mycopathology group have allowed to collaborate with many of the leading scientists in this field. BIPESCO consortium has been full contractor of numerous projects funded by national and international agencies (e.g. DaFNE, Austrian Science Fund, INTERREG, ERA-NETs; European Commission: BIPESCO, RAFBCA and REBECA).

Topics: BIPESCO Ibk is interested to generate considerable data on risk assessment of fungi for pest control and has considerable "all-round" experience in registration, production, formulation and application of microbial biocontrol agents (BCAs). Current projects include the development of Beauveria brongniartii as a biological control agent. Furthermore, the following research topics are covered by the BIPESCO group: soil microbiology, structure elucidation of secondary metabolites, degradation of xenobiotics and agrochemicals, bioleaching and biosorption of metals – subjects also highly pertinent to our ongoing research.

Methods: We use shake flask culture, sophisticated bioreactor batch and continuous culture, solid state fermenters; methods to extract and quantify metabolites. For registration purposes we do all relevant testings of fungal BCAs based on EPPO guidelines or BIPESCO, RAFBCA and REBECA Standards (e.g. determine shelf life of fungal BCAs; quality control testings; conduct grower trials to demonstrate the efficacy and robustness of fungal BCAs).


Strasser Hermann (contact)
Kirchmair Martin
Neuhauser Sigrid
Niedermayr Verena
Pernfuß Barbara



Microbial control of ticks (Ixoides ricinus) in Alpine regions of Tyrol (INTERREG IV A Austria – Italy). Vektorassoziierte Erkrankungen inneralpiner Täler - VEIT

Sustainable control of cockchafer larvae in steep areas


Selected publications:

Toepfer, S., Haye, T., Erlandson, M., Goettel, M. , Lundgren, J., Kleespies, R.G., Weber, D., Jackson, J., Peters, A., Cabrera Walsh, G., Ehlers, R.U., Strasser, H., Keller, S., Moore, D., Vidal, S., Kuhlmann, U. 2009. A review of the natural enemies of beetles in the subtribe Diabroticina (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae): Implications for sustainable pest management. Biocontrol Science Technology 19: 1-65.

Hutwimmer S., Wang H., Strasser H. & Burgstaller W. 2009. Guttation by Metarhizium anisopliae - Formation and destruxin content of exudate droplets by Metarhizium anisopliae. Mycologia: DOI: 10.3852/09-079

Kirchmair, M., Neuhauser, S., Strasser, H., Voloshchuk, N., M. Hoffmann, M., Huber, L. 2009. Biological Control of Grape Phylloxera – a Historical Review and Future Prospects. Acta Horticulture 816: 13-17.

Wang H., Hutwimmer S., Strasser H., Burgstaller W. 2009. Destruxin production of Metarhizium anisopliae under carbon and nitrogen exhaustion. Journal of Basic Microbiology 49: 1-8.

Strasser H., Hutwimmer S., Zelger R. 2007. Fungal control of subterranean pests In: Exploitation of Fungi. University Press. Cambridge. 257-274.