Simultaneous release of beneficial nematodes and predatory mites enhances thrip control

Damage caused by the western flower thrips The western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) are one of the most damaging pests of many crops, ornamental plants, field crops and fruits. Both adults and nymphs of mites feed directly on the young … Continued

Heterorhabditis bacteriophora for control of European chafer beetles

Heterorhabditis bacteriophora are beneficial entomopathogenic nematodes that are effective against European chafer beetles Description European chafer beetles (Rhizotrogus majalis, Order: Coleoptera) are one of the most damaging pest of turfgrasses, horticultural (blueberries and strawberries) and field crops (corn, potatoes and small … Continued

Twelve Important Facts about Beneficial Entomopathogenic Nematodes

1. What are insect-parasitic/entomopathogenic nematodes? By definition nematodes are thread-like microscopic, colorless and unsegmented round worms found in almost all habitats especially soil and water (Fig. 1).   Insect-parasitic nematodes: Nematodes that infect and complete their development, and reproduction at their insect host’s … Continued