Beauveria is a genus of asexually reproducing fungi belonging to the ascomycete family Cordycipitaceae. Most of its species are insect pathogens.
Although we have known about the beauveria genus for a long time, most of its species were unknown until the early 19th century when a lot of research was conducted on beauveria sp.
In 1815, the most popular species of beauveria, bassiana was discovered by Agostino Bassi, an Italian entomologist who described it as the cause of the muscardine disease — a disease of insects.
After the discovery, Bassi named the newly found species after himself. Since then, the name B. bassiana has been used to describe a complex species of morphologically similar and closely related isolates.
A few years later, Rehner and Buckley, two brilliant biologists, showed through tests that B. bassiana comprises many distinct lineages that should be recognized as distinct phylogenetic species.
In light of this work and since we already knew about the existence of cryptic species before the work of Rehner and Buckley, scientists believe that it’s important to characterise isolates used to develop biological insecticides.
That’s why the genus Beauveria was re-described with a proposed type for B. bassiana in 2011.
Besides affecting insects, some species of beauveria can cause fungal infections in humans. Such infections can last anywhere from three days to several weeks.
Some species of beauveria, such as bassania, chiromensis, malawiensis, laxa, alba, and densa, can cause fungal infections — which typically have the following symptoms:
- Scaly skin
Although none of those symptoms are serious, in rare cases, fungal infections can lead to permanent skin damage if they’re not treated right away.
Since beauveria sp are developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat them today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe antifungal drugs like econazole, miconazole, and clotrimazole, to treat an infection caused by a species of the genus beauveria.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by beauveria sp, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.
You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by beauveria sp
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