Environmental Safety of Inundative Application of a Naturally Occurring Biocontrol Agent, Serratia entomophila

  • Trevor A. Jackson
Part of the Progress in Biological Control book series (PIBC, volume 1)


The grass grub, Costelytra zealandica (White) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), has been one of New Zealand’s most troublesome grassland pests. It is one of a small number of endemic insects that have been able to flourish in the modified grassland habitats of New Zealand developed by the European settlers. Grass grub has been recorded as a pest since the origins of pasture development for grazing animals. The insect is widespread throughout the country and has been well known as a chronic problem, reducing persistence and yield of sown pasture, and sometimes occurring in outbreaks that cause total pasture loss.


Midgut Epithelial Cell Zealand Soil Microbial Control Agent Invertebrate Pathology Zealand Pasture 
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