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Neotropical Entomology

versão impressa ISSN 1519-566Xversão On-line ISSN 1678-8052

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GREWAL, PARWINDER S.; NARDO, ELIZABETH A. B. DE  e  AGUILLERA, MARINEIDE M.. Entomopathogenic nematodes: potential for exploration and use in South America. Neotrop. Entomol. [online]. 2001, vol.30, n.2, pp.191-205. ISSN 1678-8052.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1519-566X2001000200001.

Entomopathogenic nematodes have potential for biological control of insect pests. They are currently used for the control of soil and cryptic pests in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Entomopathogenic nematodes can be easily mass-produced and applied using conventional spray equipment. They have a broad host range and are safe to the environment. Due to the history of success with implementation of biological pest control programs, South American countries have a great opportunity to develop and implement the use of entomopathogenic nematodes. Recent emphasis on fruit and vegetable production in Brazil also stresses a need to implement safer and effective pest control methods. This paper provides an overview of recent developments in entomopathogenic nematode research and commercialization, evaluates their potential for use and exploration in Brazil and other South American countries, and makes recommendations for establishing entomopathogenic nematology.

Palavras-chave : Biological control; Heterorhabditis; Steinernema; entomopathogenic nematodes; soil pests.

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