Use of entomopathogenic nematodes in recent trends: A review
Babita Kumari, Sujata, Shweta and RS Kanwar
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) in the families Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae are facultative obligate parasites of soil inhibiting insects. EPNs are being widely researched as promising biocontrol agents for a wide range of agricultural pests. It is known that strains of EPNs isolated from different geographical regions differ in their attributes, such as host-finding ability, host range, infectivity, reproduction, and environmental stress tolerance. The use of EPNs as bio-pesticides against insect pests has filled quickly in recent years. The greater part of the bio-pesticides require days or weeks to kill the insect pest however EPNs kill the insect within 24-48 hours because of septicemia. EPNs are profoundly destructive, killing their hosts rapidly and can be cultured easily in vivo or in vitro. Besides, no hardships to apply EPNs as they are easily splashed using standard equipment and can be joined with practically all substance control compounds. A precise knowledge of these factors is therefore an essential pre-requisite for devising successful strategies to use these nematodes in biological control programmes.
How to cite this article:
Babita Kumari, Sujata, Shweta and RS Kanwar. Use of entomopathogenic nematodes in recent trends: A review. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2022; 11(4S): 30-38.