Entomopathogenic Nematodes as Biological Control Agents of Tomato Pests

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Abstract

© 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) have been demonstrated to be effective against a diverse number of tomato pests, especially against soil-dwelling pests or those in cryptic habitats such as inside galleries of plants. The ability of EPNs to seek out and kill insects in these habitats, where chemical insecticides fail, makes these biocontrol agents especially attractive. Their efficacy and compatibility with other biocontrol agents and with agrochemical products promote their incorporation in integrated pest management strategies on tomato crops. The use of EPNs against aboveground tomato pests requires improved application and formulation technology, and appropriate EPN species to withstand the adverse climatic conditions exposed to the crop foliage (high temperature, low moisture, and exposure to sunlight). End-user education and marketing support for the use of entomopathogenic nematode products is needed to expand the use of these in tomato pest management systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Management of Arthropod Pests of Tomato
Pages269-282
Number of pages13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Biocontrol agents
  • Entomopathogenic nematodes
  • Integrated pest management systems
  • Tomato pests

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