Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Steinernema

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_2982

Genus of entomopathogenic  Nematodes, which contain symbiotically living enterobacteriaceae of the genus Xenorhabdus. Inveniles of the worm enter the insects and often kill them during development just after having produced progeny as adults. Fitness of the worms is apparently dependent on their bacteria.

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