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Pathological and physiological responses of ring-necked pheasant chicks following dietary exposure to the fungus Metarhizium flavoviride, a biocontrol agent for locusts in Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10231746     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Metarhizium flavoviride, a fungal pathogen of grasshoppers and locusts, appears to be an effective, non-chemical insecticide (mycoinsecticide) for control of grasshoppers and locusts. This study, conducted during June and July, 1997, examined the pathogenic potential of this entomopathogenic fungus to non-target avian species that encounter infected insect prey items or contaminated food sources. Ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) chicks were exposed to one of three diets, (spore-coated feed, infected insects, or untreated feed), either from 4 to 9 days of age, or, from 35 to 40 days of age. Necropsies were conducted on birds 10 days and 46 days old, respectively. Neither consumption of infected insects, nor of spore-coated feed, resulted in pathological changes, or significant changes in weight, growth rate, behavior, or mortality rate. Histological examination of organs indicated either no changes related to treatment, or normal tissue responses to antigenic challenge.
J E Smits; D L Johnson; C Lomer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of wildlife diseases     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0090-3558     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Wildl. Dis.     Publication Date:  1999 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-19     Completed Date:  1999-10-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0244160     Medline TA:  J Wildl Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  194-203     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Veterinary Pathology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Animal Feed / microbiology
Bird Diseases / microbiology*,  pathology,  physiopathology
Body Weight
Bursa of Fabricius / pathology
Food Microbiology
Grasshoppers / microbiology*
Mitosporic Fungi / isolation & purification,  pathogenicity*
Mycoses / pathology,  physiopathology,  veterinary*
Organ Size
Pest Control, Biological*
Random Allocation
Spleen / pathology
Spores, Fungal

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