Beauveria bassiana : 2012

Photograph by

Nicole Ottawa

About this image

Coloured scanning electron micrograph showing the base of the antenna of a mosquito. The thin white tendrils are a fungus, Beauveria bassiana. This is common to many soils and is parasitic on many insects, causing white muscardine disease. B. bassiana is already used as a biological pesticide to control many types of insect pests, such as termites, aphids and some beetles. More recently it has been studied as a possible biological control for malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. This image was created in monochrome and later digitally colourised. Eye of Science, Reutlingen, Germany