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Advances in the use of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) as biopesticides in suppressing crop insect pests

Code: 9781786767059
Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer, Rutgers University, USA; David I. Shapiro-Ilan, USDA-ARS, USA; and Ivan Hiltpold, University of Delaware, USA

Chapter synopsis: Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) have been commercialized as biopesticides since the 1980s. Since the 1990s, research on the application, biology, and ecology of these biocontrol agents has seen exponential growth, and since the mid-2000s basic research on EPNs has further expanded due to the use of the nematodes and their symbiotic bacteria as tractable model systems for many basic biological and ecological questions. This chapter focuses on the use of EPNs as biopesticides in a wide range of agricultural and other commodities. However, it also provides overviews on EPN biology and ecology and mass production and application technology and interactions with other management tools as they are necessary for a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of EPNs as biopesticides.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0073.10
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) biology and ecology 3 Entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) use in different cropping systems and climatic zones 4 New developments to improve efficacy 5 Conclusion and future trends 6 Where to look for further information 7 References

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