The use of entomopathogenic nematodes in the US and issues related to genetic degradation


Abstract: Research and commercial application of entomopathogenic nematodes in North Americahas a long history. In the pursuit of commercial viability, there have been a number of successstories, but also quite a number of dead ends. In this presentation, we provide insight into newopportunities for entomopathogenic nematodes that are on the horizon. Some novel targets that arecurrently being researched include a variety of wood boring insects, weevil pests, as well as pests ofpollinators. Novel application methods and formulations that are being developed will also facilitateexpanded use of nematodes as microbial control agents. Advances in biocontrol usingentomopathogenic nematodes will also be enhanced through fundamental studies on the microbialecology, epizootiology, trait deterioration, population dynamics as well as basic studies on hostpathogenrelationships.

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