By: R Perry and D Wright
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) are currently used commercially as biological control agents for several economically important insect pests of horticulture and agriculture. The nematodes carry symbiotic bacteria and, after a nematode invades its insect host, the bacteria are released, multiply rapidly, causing septicaemia and death of the insect host in as little as 48 h. The nematodes feed on the bacteria and develop and multiply until the food source is exhausted. As the insect disintegrates, the 'survival' stage of the nematode is released into the environment to locate and infect a new host. This book presents an introduction to the wealth of information on these fascinating and important nematodes, including discussion of the unusual symbiotic relationship between the bacteria and the nematodes, the life cycle development and survival form of the nematodes, and the use and importance of EPNs as bioinsecticides
Pensoft Series Parasitologica No 6
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