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L. Zell
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I have been reading about this nematode eating fungus as being very effective in controlling barberpole worms in sheep/goats. It is not commercially available in the US (yet). Anyone know if this or other similar fungi are native to the Midwest, and if yes, how could I encourage them to set up shop in my pastures?
 
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Here's some work that was done in Malaysia where they isolated D. flagrans from a fecal sample and cultured more of it. And in this study from Denmark, they did the same thing -- isolate it from a fecal sample.

There is nothing preventing you from trying the same trick, isolating it from a cow chip or a goat dud and then culturing more on some fungal spawn. All you need is a microbiology lab at your disposal. But before you reinvent the wheel, you might check with the people at Fort Valley State University who have done research and published papers on D. flagrans and see if they would be willing to part with some spores.
 
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I could probably buy some from ATCC as well, but that tends to be spendy. And they recomend growing it on cornmeal agar. I'd like to avoid cornmeal, since I'm highly allergic. I'll try to read those two papers you found. I actually ran a micro lab for 5 years, but we did almost no fungal work at the time. I can check with the current crew to see what they have on hand for fungal growing...
 
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I'm guessing that ID'ing the correct fungus would be the hardest part of isolating from the wild...
 
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The lead author is still on staff at FVSU, here's his webpage. Kind of interesting to see this work being done just down the road from me.
 
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