Biocontrol: The Potential of Entomophilic Nematodes in Insect Management

John M. Webster

Abstract


A review of the development of entomophilic nematology and a commentary on the potential of entomophilic nematodes in controlling insect pests. The paper considers some of the major contributions to our knowledge of entomophilic nematology; factors involved in insect pest management and how they are applicable to the use of nematodes; nematodes which are most promising as biological control agents; and problems to be solved to facilitate the use of entomophilic nematodes in insect management. Key Words: Mermis nigrescens, Neoaplectana spp., Romanomermis culicivorax, Deladenus siricidicola, Tetradonema plicans.

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