Biology and Behaviour

Griffin, Christine and Boemare, N.E. and Lewis, E.E. (2005) Biology and Behaviour. In: Nematodes as biocontrol agents. CAB International, pp. 47-64. ISBN 0851990177

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Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) of the families Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae are lethal pathogens of insects. These pathogens contribute to the regulation of natural populations of insects, but the main interest in them is as an inundatively applied biocontrol agent. Their success in this role can be attributed to the unique partnership between a host-seeking nematode and a lethal insect-pathogenic bacterium. Because of their biocontrol potential, considerable attention has been directed over the past few decades to Heterorhabditis and Steinernema and their respective bacterial partners, Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Biology; Nematodes; Entomopathogenic nematodes; biocontrol; Steinernematidae; Heterorhabditidae; pathogens; insects;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
Item ID: 735
Depositing User: Dr. Christine Griffin
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Nematodes as Biocontrol Agents
Publisher: CAB International
Refereed: Yes

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