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Brazilian Journal of Biology

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Braz. J. Biol. vol.76 no.2 São Carlos Apr./June 2016  Epub May 03, 2016 


Effect of plant extracts and a disinfectant on biological parameters and pathogenicity of the fungus Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill. (Ascomycota: Cordycipitaceae)

Ação de extratos vegetais e desinfetantes sobre parâmetros biológicos e patogenicidade do fungo Beauveria bassiana (Bals.) Vuill. (Ascomycota: Cordycipitaceae)

C. C. Martinsa  b 

L. F. A. Alvesb  * 

A. P. Mamprimb 

aPrograma de Pós-graduação em Conservação e Manejo de Recursos Naturais, Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE, Rua Universitária, 2069, CEP 85819-110, Cascavel, PR, Brasil

bLaboratório de Biotecnologia Agrícola, Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná – UNIOESTE, Rua Universitária, 2069, CEP 85819-110, Cascavel, PR, Brasil


The fungus Beauveria bassiana is naturally found in poultry houses and causes high rates of mortality in Alphitobius diaperinus. Laboratory and field experiments have shown the potential of this fungus as an insect control agent. However, in poultry houses, bacteria as Salmonella, can be found and have been studied alternative control methods for this pathogen. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate the effect of plant extracts and a disinfectant on the fungus Beauveria bassiana (strain Unioeste 4). Conidial viability, colony-forming unit (CFU) counts, vegetative growth, conidia production, insecticidal activity of the fungus and compatibility were used as parameters in the evaluation of the effect of these products on the fungus. Alcoholic and aqueous extracts of jabuticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora (Mart.), guava (Psidium guajava (L.)), and jambolan (Syzygium cumini (L.), at concentrations of 10% as well as the commercial disinfectant, Peroxitane® 1512 AL, were evaluated at the recommended concentrations (RC), 1:200 (RC), 0.5 RC and 2 RC. There was a negative influence of alcoholic and aqueous extracts of jabuticaba, guava and three dilutions of Peroxitane on the viability of conidia. The CFUs and vegetative growth of the fungus were affected only by the Peroxitane (all dilutions). For conidial production, the aqueous extract of guava had a positive effect, increasing production, while the Peroxitane at the R and RC concentrations resulted in a negative influence. The mortality of A. diaperinus, caused by the fungus after exposure to these products, was 60% for the peracetic acid at 0.5 RC, and above 80% for the extracts. Thus, the results showed that all the extracts and Peroxitane at RC 0.5 are compatible with the fungus B. bassiana Unioeste 4, however only the extracts had a low impact on inoculum potential.

Keywords:  Myrciaria cauliflora (Mart.); Psidium guajava (L.); Syzygium cumini (L.); compatibility


O fungo Beauveria bassiana é encontrado naturalmente em aviários de frango de corte, tendo sua eficácia como agente controlador do Alphitobius diaperinus, em condições de laboratório e campo. No entanto, nos aviários encontram-se também bactérias, como a Salmonella, para a qual vêm sendo pesquisadas alternativas de controle. Sendo assim, o objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de extratos vegetais e um desinfetante com potencial de uso contra Salmonella spp., sobre os parâmetros biológicos do fungo B. bassiana isolado Unioeste 4. Foram avaliados extratos alcoólicos e aquosos de folhas de jabuticabeira (Myrciaria cauliflora (Mart.)), goiabeira (Psidium guajava (L.)), jamboleiro (Syzygium cumini (L.)), na concentração de 10% e também o desinfetante comercial Peroxitane®1512 AL na concentração recomendada – 1:200 (CR), 0,5 CR e 2CR. Foram avaliados a: germinação dos conídios, unidades formadoras de colônias (UFC), crescimento vegetativo, produção de conídios e efeito sobre a atividade inseticida do fungo contra adultos de A. diaperinus, bem como a compatibilidade entre produtos e o fungo. Verificou-se influência negativa dos extratos alcoólico e aquoso de jabuticabeira, goiabeira e das três diluições de Peroxitane sobre a viabilidade dos conídios. Já, a UFC e o crescimento vegetativo foram afetados apenas com Peroxitane (em todas as diluições). Para produção de conídios, o extrato aquoso de goiabeira teve efeito positivo, elevando a produção, enquanto as diluições recomendada e o dobro de Peroxitane mostraram influência negativa. Observou-se ainda que a mortalidade de A. diaperinus causada pelo fungo após a exposição aos produtos foi de 60% para o ácido peracético na 0,5 CR, já para os extratos foi acima de 80%. Assim, os resultados demonstraram que todos os extratos e o Peroxitane na 0,5 CR são compatíveis com o fungo B. bassiana Unioeste 4, porém apenas os extratos tiveram baixo impacto sobre o potencial de inóculo do fungo.

Palavras-chave:  Myrciaria cauliflora (Mart.); Psidium guajava (L.); Syzygium cumini (L.); compatibilidade

1 Introduction

In 2012, Brazil produced more than 12 million tons of chicken meat, and exported approximately 4 million tons, being the world's largest exporter of this product (UBABEF, 2013).

Increasing in production has been possible due to the modification of the environment, making it favorable to poultry production, but these modifications also favor pests and diseases associated with poultry, as the lesser meal worm (LMW), Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer, 1997) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) (O’Connor, 1987). The large population of the LMW found in the poultries aviaries and natural poultry behavior lead the birds to feed on these insects and instead the chicken food, resulting in reduced development, weight loss and increased time to slaughter. It has been emphasized that LMW may play a potential role as vectors of bacteria, especially Salmonella spp.(Lign.), Campylobacter jejuni (Jones) and Escherichia coli (Theod.), bacteria that cause diseases in both poultry and humans (Despins and Axtell, 1995; Hazeleger et al., 2008; Chernaki-Leffer et al., 2010).

Poultry house´s environment associated with the presence of the LMW, make aviaries an extremely favorable site for the presence and development of bacteria, which may be transmitted to humans through meat consumption and affect the meat commercialization and limit the exportation (Chernaki-Leffer et al., 2010; Oliveira et al., 2014).

Thus, in order to meet the increased demand for chicken meat and maintain quality, measures are necessary to prevent and control insects and pathogens found in poultry houses. Currently, the most common way to LMW control are chemical insecticides, which, although immediately effective, have a low persistence, require constant reapplications that are stress poultry, may leave residues in meat, selecting insect resistant populations and eliminate natural enemies (Chernaki-Leffer et al., 2011).

Beauveria bassiana (Bals) naturally occurs in poultry houses, causing high rates of mortality of LMW (Alves et al., 2005), and laboratory studies have indicated the potential of this fungus as a control agent of the LMW (Chernaki-Leffer, 2004; Rohde et al., 2006).

Bacteria control can be carried out preventively, with the use of disinfectants derived from ammonia, on poultry house surfaces before installing poultry (Bermudez and Stewart-Brown, 2003). Bacterial control can also be carried out curatively, incorporating antibiotics into feed. It is noteworthy that antibiotics used for birds have the same active ingredients of some formulations used for humans and may cause selection for antimicrobial resistance (Padilha, 2004; Górniak and Spinosa, 2007).

As alternatives for the control of pathogens in poultry, products of vegetable origin or based on organic acids have been shown to be effective under laboratory (Fruet, 2010; Jaenisch et al., 2010; De Bona, 2012) and the use of this control strategy is potentially safer for the environment and less impactful to the conservation of natural enemies of insects and mites, including entomopathogenic fungi.

Thus, the present study aimed to assess the effect of plant extracts and a commercial disinfectant (based on an active organic acid) previously evaluated against some Salmonella spp. serovars on some biological parameters of the fungus B. bassiana.

2 Material and Methods

2.1 Product and extracts used

Aqueous and alcoholic extracts of leaves from plants of jabuticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora (Mart.)), guava (Psidium guajava (L.)), and jambolan (Syzygium cumini (L.)), all of the family Myrtaceae, were used at a 10% concentration, according to the previous studies of Fruet (2010) and De Bona (2012), which showed inhibitory action on various serovars of Salmonella spp. The commercial disinfectant Peroxitane® 1512 AL (peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid, and stabilizers) at the concentrations of 1:200 (recommended concentration - RC), 2RC and 0.5 RC were assessed. The extracts were prepared according to the methods of De Bona (2012) and Mamprim et al. (2013) to collect, dry, ground and storage of leaves.

To obtain the alcoholic extract, 50 g of leaves powder was added to 500 mL ethyl alcohol PA. After 10 days, filtering was performed on sterile filter paper, and the filtrate was rotoevaporated. Following this distilled water was added in a waste weight/volume ratio to obtain a 10% concentration. Subsequently, vacuum sterilization was performed with a 0.45 mm pore membrane and the material was stored at –10 °C (Mamprim et al., 2013).

To obtain the aqueous extract, 10 g leaves powder were added to 90 mL distilled water in a dark glass flask and left for 48 hours at room temperature and protected from light. After this period, filtering was performed in sterile cotton gauze and filter paper, and then the filtrate liquid was maintained at –10 °C (Mamprim et al., 2013).

For use in the experiment, extracts were filtered through a membrane with 0.22 mm porosity. The experiments were conducted with dilutions of 10% concentration, this being a limit from an economic standpoint. The commercial product was diluted as described above.

2.2 Microorganism used

B. bassiana Unioeste 4 strain from the collection of Laboratory of Agricultural Biotechnology Unioeste was used because it presents a high virulence against LMW larvae and adults (Rohde et al., 2006). The fungus was produced in conidia production (CP) culture media (Alves et al., 1998b). For bioassays, a suspension was prepared at 1 × 109 conidia/mL in distilled water + Tween 80 (0.01%).

2.3 Assessment of biological parameters

B. bassiana biological parameters were assessed according to studies conducted by Silva et al. (2005), Rohde et al. (2006), Oliveira (2009), Mamprim et al. (2013).

    A. Germination: Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) culture media was poured into a Rodac plate. After solidification, 300 µL of the conidial suspension (1 × 106 conidia/mL) was inoculated in the center of the plates, which were lightly stirred by hand to spread the suspension. Then, the spraying of 250 µL of the different treatments solution were sprayed on culture media surface with a Sagima SW775 airbrush spray apparatus at a constant pressure (0.7 kcf/cm2). Plates were held for 16 h at 26 ± 1 °C and12 hour photophase. After that, the number of germinated and non-germinated conidia was counted under an optical microscope (100 ×).

    B. Colony Forming Units (CFU): Aliquots of conidia suspension (1 × 103 conidia/mL) were inoculated on PDA culture medium in Petri dishes with a Drigalski loop. Extracts and products were immediately applied as previously described, and then plates were held for five days incubation (26 ± 1 °C; 12 hour photoperiod), after which the colonies were counted.

    C. Vegetative growth: The fungus was inoculated with a platinum wire loop at three points on the surface of PDA culture media in Petri dishes which were incubated under the same conditions for 48 hours. Then, the spraying of the product and extracts was performed. Plates were again incubated under the same conditions for 7 days. Two perpendicular measurements of the colonies were taken to obtain their mean diameter.

    D. Conidia Production: After evaluation of vegetative growth, two colonies from each plate were cut and individually transferred to sterile glass tubes where 10 mL distilled water with 0.01% Tween 80 was added for stirring until conidia detachment. After serial dilutions, conidia counts were performed in a Neubauer chamber.

For the control, dishes containing the fungus were sprayed with only sterilized distilled water + Tween® 80 (0.01%). For all treatments and control, four plates were prepared, and each of these plates was considered a replication.

The compatibility between the treatments and the fungus was observed according to the calculation of toxicity proposed by Rossi-Zalaf et al. (2008) (Equation 1).

IB=47[CV]+43[ESP]+10[GER]100 (1)


IB = Biological index; CV (colony diameter) = percentage of colony vegetative growth after 7 days, compared with the control; ESP (conidia production) = percentage of sporulation of colonies after 7 days, compared with the control; and GER (viability) = percentage of conidia germination after 16 h. The values of CV, ESP and GER were first corrected in relation to their respective controls. The proposed classification for the compatibility of the disinfectant and extracts was performed according to the methods of Rossi-Zalaf et al. (2008).

    E. Insecticidal activity: T The fungus was inoculated on PDA culture media in Petri dishes. Plates were incubated at 26 ± 1 °C with a 12 hour photophase for 48 hours. So, extracts and the peracetic acid at 0.5 CR were sprayed on these plates whose were then incubated for more 7 days at same conditions. Then, the conidia were collected by scraping the surface of the culture medium, transferred to glass tubes and suspensions prepared for application to the LMW according to the Rohde et al. (2006).

2.4 Statistical analysis

Data (biological parameters, nutritional influence of the extracts on the conidia production and pathogenicity) were submitted to normality test by Shapiro-Wilk and analyzed by one-way ANOVA and means were compared by Scott-Knott test (P < 0.05), using the statistical program Sisvar (FERREIRA, 2011).

3 Results and Discussion

  • Alcoholic extracts: Only there was a significant reduction in conidia viability with the use of the jabuticaba and guava plants extracts (Table 1).

    Table 1 Effects of different alcoholic and aqueous extracts and a disinfectant on conidial viability, colony-forming units (CFU), colony diameter, conidia production and compatibility with the Beauveria bassiana isolate Unioeste 04 under laboratory conditions (26 °C and 12 h photoperiod). 

    Alcoholic extracts Viability (%) CFU Diameter (cm) Conidia Prod. (×106 / mL) I.B.
    Control 98.4 ± 0.30a 113.6 ± 9.00a 2.8 ± 0.03a 49.8 ± 6.15a -
    Guava plant 95.5 ± 0.36b 112.0 ± 10.80a 2.8 ± 0.02a 48.8 ± 4.97a 103.5 C
    Jabuticaba plant 94.2 ± 0.81b 133.2 ± 7.78a 2.7 ± 0.03a 55.8 ± 4.39a 104.0 C
    Jambolan plant 98.3 ± 1.36a 144.4 ± 12.79a 2.8 ± 0.04a 57.4 ± 1.97a 107.0 C
    F test 6.3 2.3 0.6 0.6 -
    C.V. 1.9 18.3 2.9 22.0 -
    Aqueous extracts Viability (%) CFU Diameter (cm) Conidia Prod.(× 106 / mL) I.B.
    Control 98.4 ± 0.30a 113.6 ± 9.00a 2.8 ± 0.03a 49.8 ± 6.15b -
    Guava plant 95.8 ± 0.64b 140.8 ± 8.03a 2.8 ± 0.03a 65.4 ± 4.07a 113.5 C
    Jabuticaba plant 94.6 ± 0.50b 126.4 ± 11.90a 2.8 ± 0.03a 39.2 ± 6.98b 90.8 C
    Jambolan plant 99.2 ± 0.46a 125.8 ± 13.24a 2.8 ± 0.04a 40.2 ± 5.18b 91.7 C
    F test 18.4 1.0 0.8 4.4 -
    C.V. 1.1 19.0 2.9 26.1 -
    Commercial product Viability (%) CFU Diameter (cm) Conidia Prod.(× 106 /mL) I.B.
    Control 98.4 ± 0.30a 113.6 ± 9.00a 2.8 ± 0.03a 49.8 ± 6.15a -
    peracetic acid 0.5 CR 0.0 ± 0.00b 0.0 ± 0.00b 2.4 ± 0.004b 50.2 ± 7.77a 84.3 C
    peracetic acid CR 0.0 ± 0.00b 0.0 ± 0.00b 2.0 ± 0.03c 10.7 ± 0.96b 42.6 MT
    peracetic acid 2 CR 0.0 ± 0.00b 0.0 ± 0.00b 1.3 ± 0.23d 9.0 ± 1.08b 34.4 T
    F test 83337.6 155.5 27.6 21.7 -
    C.V. (%) 1.5 35.8 12.3 37.1 -

    Means (± SEM) followed by the same letter in column (within each type of extract) do not differ by the Scott-Knott test at 5% significance.

    0.5 CR = Half the recommended concentration; CR = Recommended Concentration; 2 CR = Twice the recommended concentration.

    C.V. = Coefficient of variation.

    I.B. between 0 and 41 = toxic (T); between 42 and 66 = Moderately Toxic (MT); greater than 66 = compatible (C) Rossi-Zalaf et al. (2008).

Other studies have shown that the hydroalcoholic extract of the jabuticaba plant (M. cauliflora) has significant antimicrobial activity against the bacteria Streptococcus spp. (Ros.) and the fungus Candida albicans (Ber.) (Macedo-Costa et al., 2009; Diniz et al., 2010), not being found studies with other microorganisms taxonomically closer to the fungus studied here.

A study on the alcoholic extract of P. guajava (guava) at concentrations of 6.5, 12.5, 25 and 50% also demonstrated the inhibitory activity of mycelial growth of Colletotrichum gloeosporoides (Penz.). Although obtained with a fungus of another order, resembles those found in this study regarding the inhibitory action of P. guajava (Boneet et al., 2012).

The extract of the jambolan plant (S. cumini) was the only one that showed no significant inhibitory activity on any of the parameters evaluated. Likewise, Cock (2012) also showed that methanol extracts of Syzygium australe (Ber) and S. luehmannii (F. Muell) had little fungicidal activity against Aspergillus niger (Tiegh). Although the study used extracts from different species, it is likely that classes of phytochemicals produced by these plants are close because they belong to the same genus (Rodrigues et al., 2010).

The classes of compounds present in the alcoholic extract of S. cumini are generally similar to those extracted from M. cauliflora and P. guajava and include tannins, flavonoids, anthocyanins alkaloids and others, which have known antibacterial activity (Loguercio et al., 2005; Vargas-Alvarez et al., 2006; De Bona, 2012). The differences in the inhibition of fungus viability may be related to the concentration and diversity of phytochemicals extracted.

Despite viability being a parameter present in the calculation of the biological index, its weight in the calculation is very small (only 10%), justifying the result of compatibility.

  • Aqueous extracts: As observed for the alcoholic extracts, the viability was not affected by the jambolan extract; however, extracts of guava and jabuticaba showed statistically influences.

For CFU counts and colony diameter, there was no interaction of extracts. However, the presence of guava extract in the culture medium significantly stimulated conidia production. Despite all of these plants being in the Myrtaceae family, the variation in results may be directly linked to the nutritional status of the plant, as suggested by Mamprim et al. (2013).

This variation in the interaction of products and biological parameters of B. bassiana has also been observed for extracts of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora (Hook)), chinaberry (Melia azedarach (Lin)) and laurel (Laurus nobilis (Lin)), which affected not only the viability and CFU but also significantly increased conidia production (Mamprim et al., 2013).

Increased conidia production in the presence of the aqueous extract of guava may have two distinct explanations. Studies have demonstrated that conidia production can be increased by increasing the nutrient richness, the amount of carbon and nitrogen compounds in culture medium, or specific carbohydrates in the culture medium (Rombach, 1989; Leite et al., 2003). To corroborate this hypothesis, Mellinger (2006) and Scoparo (2011) found polysaccharides in leaves extracts from Phyllanthus niruri (Lin) and Camellia sinensis (Lin).

Moreover, Moino-Junior and Alves (1998) suggest that fungi, when affected by certain substances, initiate a mechanism of physiological resistance and begin to metabolize compounds that can be used as nutrients, or when suffering from the toxic influence of the medium, initiate a physiological process that increases the production of conidia in a reproductive effort because conidia are considered resistant to adverse conditions. The latter seems quite consistent with the results in our study because the production of conidia was the most affected parameter in the guava extract treatment, and if the change was a result of the addition of nutrients to the medium, most likely other parameters would also be positively influenced.

Despite some parameters being negatively influenced, the Biological Index (Rossi-Zalaf et al., 2008) showed that all aqueous extracts were compatible with the fungus B. bassiana Unioeste 4 (Table 1).

  • Peracetic Acid: A negative action of the disinfectant was more significant in total reduction of conidia germination and formation of CFU (Table 1). The difference in diameter of colonies between treatments with peracetic acid and the control (in percentage decline) was not as drastic compared with the other parameters. For conidia production, the product at 0.5RC did not differ from the control (Table 1).

According to Grezzi (2008), most chemicals disinfectants are used to control, prevent the growth or destroy microorganisms but are not necessarily effective against some resistant forms, such as spores. Both peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide, which are the main components of the disinfectant formulation, have oxidizing action, cause protein denaturation and rupture of cell membranes.

It is worth noting that exposure time, temperature and concentration are key factors for the inactivation of microorganisms. Thus, more sensitive microorganisms are inactivated in 5 minutes at a concentration of 100 ppm of some compounds, whereas 500-10000 ppm are necessary for removal of spores, with exposure time of 15 seconds to 30 minutes (Rutala, 1997). This explains the production of conidia in colonies with the 0.5 RC treatment because at this concentration the amount of peracetic acid were 2500 ppm (which is in 500-10000 ppm range). Additionally, the disinfectant was applied 48 hours after fungus inoculation and this period of time may have been sufficient for germination and early fungus development.

Different sensitivity levels of microorganisms to products are related to the concentration and to the substance: activity can change from inhibitory to a biocide with increasing concentration in the medium (Ostrosky et al., 2008). This may explain the effect of the gradual increase in concentrations, the product changed from non-toxic (half the recommended dose (0.5 RC) to moderately toxic (recommended dose (CR)) and reaching toxic at twice the recommended concentration (RC 2).

For the parameters of viability and CFU, values ​​equal to zero were observed, and the interaction of compatibility was determined only by the colony diameter (vegetative growth) and conidia production; this explains why the disinfectant at 0.5 RC and RC resulted in a compatible and moderately toxic classifications, respectively.

  • Insecticidal activity: In all treatments associated with extracts, there was a high insect mortality caused by the fungus. The opposite was observed in the treatment with peracetic acid, which caused a reduction in fungal efficiency for insect control at RC 0.5 and totally affected fungal activity at RC and 2 RC (Table 2).

    Table 2 Effects of different alcoholic and aqueous extracts and a disinfectant on insecticidal activity of the Beauveria bassiana isolate Unioeste 04 on Alphitobius diaperinus adults under laboratory conditions (26 °C and 12 h photoperiod). 

    Treatments Mortality caused by fungus (%)
    peracetic acid 0.5 CR 60.0 ± 3.85 c
    peracetic acid CR -
    peracetic acid 2 CR -
    alcoholic extract of guava 80.0 ± 3.85 b
    alcoholic extract of jabuticaba 82.2 ± 5.88 b
    alcoholic extract of jambolan 82.2 ± 5.88 b
    aqueous extract of guava 97.7 ± 2.22 a
    aqueous extract of jabuticaba 88.8 ± 2.22 a
    aqueous extract of jambolan 91.0 ± 2.22 a
    Unioeste 4 (no products) 88.6 ± 5.88 a
    Control (distilled water) No record of mortality
    C.V. = 9.94%

    Means (± SEM) followed by the same letter in the column do not differ by the Scott-Knott test at 5% significance.

    0.5 CR = Half the recommended concentration; CR = recommended concentration; 2 CR = Twice the recommended concentration.

    C.V. = Coefficient of Variation.

    - = conidia concentration not sufficient to perform the bioassays.

Mortality observed in this study for the control (88.6% in pure fungus) is very close to Rohde et al. (2006). In isolates selection to A. diaperinus obtained 86.7% to adults in the concentration of 1 × 109 conidia/mL by the same fungus B. bassiana Unioeste 4.

In treatments where there was both reduction of and increased mortality, we suggest two alternative explanations: influence on time to fungal development or insect defense.

At first, we point that the treatments may have negatively influenced the metabolism of the fungus and its development, leading to the need for more time (in days) to colonize the insect; or the treatments may have affected the production or action of enzymes and toxins that act in colonization and death of the host, suggesting the need for a biochemical study to assess which enzymes and toxins may have been affected and how. This is based on Xiao et al. (2012), who emphasized that some gene families of B. bassiana developed mechanisms to increase production of proteases and chitinase, mediators of cell growth, regulators of extracellular acidification, degrading cuticular fatty acids and an important class of hydrophobins associated with the ability to adhere to the insect. All of these mechanisms related to fungus colonization may have suffered some negative influence by the peracetic acid at the rate 0.5 RC.

Also, in addition to the mechanisms of colonization, mechanisms of virulence may also have been affected. According to Von Döhren (2004), there are some factors related to fungal virulence that affects the immune system of the insect, including the production of a wide variety of compounds that act as immunosuppressant polyketide non-ribosomal, natural peptides, and toxins such as beauvericin and bassianolide. The latter also displays a high antibiotic activity, and its reduction may explain the non-confirmation of mortality by fungi in some cadavers; the action of the fungus may have weakened the immune system of the LMW and opportunistic bacteria may have caused the insect death.

The second hypothesis to explain reduced colonization and virulent is due to the immune system of the insect has had sufficient time to suppress fungal activity. Chouvenc et al. (2009) showed that the insects' immune system is quite efficient, verifying that in the hemolymph of termites, 24 h after exposure to the fungus Metarhizium anisopliae (Met), the amount of hemocytes had increased significantly. The authors noted the defense capacity of cell aggregation and melanization around the point of infection, in addition to the encapsulation and isolation of nodules, which, according to the authors, intensifies as the fungus takes longer to act.

To high action of the fungus, is it possible the aqueous extract may have enriched the culture medium providing a greater quantity of compounds to be assimilated by fungus and the fungus’ rapid metabolism increased the production of extracellular proteases, and therefore, unlike that observed with peracetic acid, the infectious process is accelerated and increased the percentage of mortality (Rombach, 1989; Leite et al., 2003; Ito et al., 2007).

Comparing these hypotheses, it is possible to infer that the insecticidal activity of the fungus was influenced by the addition of the extracts to the medium. Some secondary compounds present in the extracts have insecticidal action, their residues may have remained with the fungus at the time of scraping and these compounds may have affected the immune system of the insect, leaving it weakened and assisting in the infectious processes of the fungus. The results obtained here suggest the need for a study characterizing how the enzymes and toxins are affected by the extracts and products.

Thus, all of the extracts and the Peroxitane at 0.5 RC are compatible with B. bassiana Unioeste 4, although extracts had a low impact on the inoculum potential of the fungus. Also, the insecticidal activity of the fungus to LMW showed that the mortality rates caused by the fungus from culture media with aqueous and alcoholic extracts were not adversely affected but increased when fungus were produced on culture media with aqueous extract of guava. Peracetic acid in the 0.5 RC had negatively influence on the fungus activity, demonstrating the negative action of the disinfectant on the insecticide potential of the fungus. As know, this negative effect here observed does not always mean that the same will occur in the field, but it shows a possibility for this to occur in poultry house (Alves et al., 1998a).

The results of this study demonstrate the possibility of the combined use of plant extracts and B. bassiana in poultry houses. It is important to allow for a period of 48 hours after inoculation of the fungus and treatment with the extracts; this time is required for spore germination and host invasion by the fungus. In aviaries, applications to control bacteria are usually performed preventively, i.e., before poultry installation, and as B. bassiana does not offer any risk, to the poultry, it can be applied before poultry installation, which favors the use of this combined control strategy of bacteria and A. diaperinus.

4 Conclusions

Peracetic acid affect all the fungus parameter while vegetal extracts had none negative effect on the fungus. Even so, all the extracts and Peroxitane at RC 0.5 are compatible with the fungus B. bassiana Unioeste 04, however only the extracts had a low impact on inoculum potential.


Ao CNPq e CAPES to financial support to development of this study.


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Received: September 03, 2014; Accepted: March 24, 2015

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