9/30 – 11/30, 2017
By Wang Ye-chen
Fungi are a group of eukaryotic, non-phototrophic organisms with rigid cell walls. They can't perform photosynthesis, so what do they do for nutrients? Some fungi are parasites obtaining nutrients from a host species such as insects. They are called entomopathogenic fungi.
Some entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana and schersonia badia are used as a biological insecticide to control pests, because their effectiveness in infecting their hosts is so large that it can become a factor regulating the abundance of insects. Other entomopathogenic fungi like cordyceps are regarded as “superfood” in the way that they fight the effects of aging and stress, help keep the body free from disease, and also increase energy levels. Anyway, entomopathogenic fungi have received considerable attention and are becoming increasingly popular and important in the public and scientific communities.
This online exhibition ‘Entomopathogenic Fungi’ curated by Wang Ye-chen, an expert on Ascomycota at the Museum's Biology Department, not only illustrates the interactions between fungi, insects, and environment, but focuses on the surprising role of entomopathogenic fungi in the medicinal uses and biological control of insect pests. Also, it improves our understanding of the natural world and our place in it.
Click here to learn more about this online exhibition!