Attachment – Spores of L.lecanii attach to the insect body.
Germination – Spores germinate and form an appressorium.
Invasion – The appressorium breaks the insect cuticle and enters the insect body by mechanical pressure and enzymatic action.
Proliferation – The fungi multiply throughout the insect body, releasing toxins that destroy the insect’s organs leading to the death of the insect causing the ‘white halo disease’.
Emergence – Thue fungi emerge from the insect body sporulate and start the infection cycle upon contact with other insects.
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