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Control of Insect Pests by Entomopathogenic Nematodes

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Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) of the families Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae (Rhabditida, Nematoda) are obligate pathogens of insects and are associated with specific symbiotic bacteria of the genera Xenorhabdus and Photorhabdus , respectively. Due to their ability to infect various insects, the possibility of mass production by industrial techniques, and safety to non-target organisms and the environment, these nematode-bacteria complexes are attractive agents for the biological control of many insect pests. In this chapter, a brief characteristic of these organisms is given, together with information on their use in the biological control of insect pests.

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Půža, V. (2015). Control of Insect Pests by Entomopathogenic Nematodes. In: Lugtenberg, B. (eds) Principles of Plant-Microbe Interactions. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08575-3_19

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