Introduction : SHAKTI VERTICILLIUM LECANII is a unique biological insecticide based on a selected strain of naturally-occurring entomopathogenic fungus Verticillium lecanii (NCIM 1312 ) that infects and kills mealy bugs and sucking insects like thrips, jassids , aphids, white flies and mites. Verticillium lecanii It is formulated as Wettable Powder with CFU count of 1 X 10 ^ 8 / g. SHAKTI VERTICILLIUM LECANII is registered by Indian Pesticides Regulatory Authority – Central Insecticides Board, Govt of India. SHAKTI VERTICILLIUM LECANII is approved for use in Organic agriculture.
Mode of Action :
1. Conidial penetration : The microscopic conidial spores of the fungus are slimy and attach to the cuticle of the insect. Hyphae from the germinating spores are produced that penetrate the insect’s integument and destroy the internal contents of the insect.
2. Enzyme production : SHAKTI VERTICILLIUM LECANII mycelia produces toxin which have insecticidal properties. These toxins weaken the hosts immune system (of insect) and aid in eventually killing it..