First report of a cold-active EPN Steinernema kraussei (Rhabditida, Steinernematidae) from Iran

M. Nikdel, Gh. Niknam


During a survey of entomopathogenic nematodes conducted throughout the Arasbaran area, in the north-west of Iran, an entomopathogenic nematode was isolated by Galleria baiting method from soil samples collected from rangelands, near Chichakloo, Varzeghan. It was identified as Steinernema kraussei based on morphological, morphometrical, molecular and crossbreeding studies. This is the first record of S. kraussei from Iran.

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