DATABASE: Bug-Eat-Bug World

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Science  12 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5541, pp. 271d
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5541.271d

With an eye to improving biocontrol of pests and sparking research on potential risks, researchers at the University of Illinois compiled this global database of arthropod pathogens. The records, which cover nearly 8500 kinds of pathogens and more than 4100 hosts, allow you to identify which type of bug is known to attack a particular species of arthropod.

You can search by type of pathogen—fungus, bacterium, virus, protozoan, or nematode—or by host. Results provide the taxonomy of pathogen and host, the life stage and tissues affected, the host's habitat, and the identities of any intermediate hosts, as well as a list of references. Another handy feature allows you to eliminate unlikely candidates for biocontrol efforts by searching for pathogens that have failed to produce infection in laboratory tests.

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