An increasing number of fungal biocontrol agents are being developed for control of pests in agriculture and forestry. The use of these living organisms has brought new challenges in research and development of biocontrol products. Molecular markers provide immense sources of data that can assist scientists in developing tools to monitor the genetic and environmental fate of these agents. Selection of appropriate molecular techniques should be based on the specific characteristics of the organism and on the desired type of information necessary to evaluate a particular step in the developmental process of a biopesticide. Genetic assessment of fungal antagonists is not only desirable but essential to gain insight into the safe and reliable use of biological control products.

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Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology
Department of Chemistry

Avis, T, Hamelin, R.C. (Richard C.), & Bélanger, R.R. (Richard R.). (2001). Approaches to molecular characterization of fungal biocontrol agents: Some case studies. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 23(1), 8–12. doi:10.1080/07060660109506902