Modeling Nematodes Regulation By Bacterial Endoparasites

  • Aurelio Ciancio
Part of the Integrated Management of Plant Pests and Diseases book series (IMPD, volume 2)


Some aspects of nematodes regulation by Pasteuria penetrans and other endoparasitic Gram-negative bacteria are revised, together with application modeling tools, in reference to their biocontrol potentials. A review is given about general and more detailed epidemiological models and their applications. The models constants accounting for basic biological factors of the parasites and hosts biology and interactions, are also discussed. Some properties of applied models, including the phase plane representation, the identification of equilibrium points and their cyclic relationships are revised, in reference to the study of field and time series data. A modeling scheme for Pasteuria and nematode dynamics, accounting for the host life cycle and including its developmental stages, is also proposed. Finally, experimental and practical issues concerning nematodes biological control are also discussed.


Plant Parasitic Nematode Nematophagous Fungus Invertebrate Pathology Bacterial Parasite Phytoparasitic Nematode 
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  • Aurelio Ciancio
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  1. 1.Istituto per la Protezione delle Piante,CNRBariItaly

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