What is Decke Parasitic Alive Fungus?
We use a specially developed strain of B. Bassiana and Metharizium which is in fact a parasitic fungus. The fungus is also called entomopathogenic fungus, meaning it is meant to target pests. As the name suggests that the fungus is parasitic, meaning it will go stick to the body of pest, just like a blood sucking leech sticks to human and animal skin. The parasitic fungus attaches itself to the body of the target pest and starts to sporulate after 3-10 days.
Where can I get this fungus?
Getting the fungus itself is not important, you can find funguses a dime a dozen. The important part is making sure that the spores are alive and viable . Most of the fungus strains in the market are defunct. Are they alive? Most don’t have a viable spore count. You as a customer wont know unless you have the lab set up to culture the fungus and measure it. Your best bet is to get it from a trusted source. Our funguses are one of the best in the world in terms of viability and spore counts.
Can fungus kill termites?
Here’s a bit from a research website. The reference is below. Beauveria bassiana (Clavicipitaceae) is a soil borne fungus that feeds on insects. It can be used effectively to control termites, thrips, aphids, whitefly, caterpillars, beetles, and subterranean insects like ants and termites. B. bassiana is non-toxic to mammals, birds and plants, and it does not have any deleterious effects on human health or the environment. Conidia of B. bassiana has also been reported to be effective in killing mosquito larvae when applied as conidia dust in the breeding sites. Besides infecting target pest or larvae, the fungus has also proven to be virulent to adult mosquitoes.
B. bassiana is applied to the target pest as a spore, which is the reproductive and dispersal structure of the fungus. Once the spores have made contact with the insect exoskeleton, they grow hyphae (long, branching vegetative appendages) that secrete enzymes, which in turn dissolve the cuticle (outermost layer of the skeleton). These fungal hyphae grow into the insect, feed on its body tissue, produce toxins, and reproduce. It takes up to seven days for the insect to die. During favorable (moist) conditions (92% humidity or greater), B. bassiana will “bloom” and release more spores into the environment to repeat the cycle on other pest insects.
Reference of Indian Studies: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2017/ra/c6ra25859j