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    Behaviour and Population Dynamics of Entomopathogenic Nematodes Following Application

    Griffin, Christine (2015) Behaviour and Population Dynamics of Entomopathogenic Nematodes Following Application. In: Nematode Pathogenesis of Insects and Other Pests. Springer, pp. 57-95. ISBN 9783319182650

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    Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) of the genera Steinernema and Heterorhabditis are widely used in inundative biological pest control programmes. It has long been recognised that increased understanding of the ecology of EPN is important for better predictions of field performance and environmental risk (Ehlers & Hokkanen, 1996; Gaugler, Lewis, & Stuart, 1997). Increasingly, EPN are also finding a place as model organisms for fundamental studies in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology (Campos-Herrera, Barbercheck, Hoy, & Stock, 2012). In this chapter, I consider the fate of EPN used in biocontrol, focussing largely on inundative application to soil. The aim is to provide an overview of the transformation of a biotechnological product to an ecological entity, rather than a review of this rather broad topic. There are already several extensive reviews relevant to the subject, including EPN behaviour and their fate in soil (e.g. Griffin, 2012; Kaya, 2002; Lewis, Campbell, Griffin, Kaya, & Peters, 2006; Stuart, Barbercheck, Grewal, Taylor, & Hoy, 2006; see also Chap. 4). It should be noted that, while the concept of this chapter is to follow the fate of commercially produced EPN when applied to soil, many of the laboratory studies cited have used nematodes produced in insects rather than taken from commercial formulations.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Biological Control; Insects; Nematodes; Pest Management; Sustainability;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 9101
    Depositing User: Dr. Christine Griffin
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 16:47
    Journal or Publication Title: Nematode Pathogenesis of Insects and Other Pests
    Publisher: Springer
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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