Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Control of the Asiatic Garden Beetle

Graduate Student, Adrian Pekarcik, along with collaborators Eric Richer and Kelley Tilmon, has developed a handy resource for growers interested in using entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) as a control option against the Asiatic garden beetle in field crops. Entomopathogenic stands for “insect-killing” and these nematodes are not like the plant-parasitic nematodes. In fact, these EPNs specifically target soil-dwelling insects.

In this handout, you will learn about EPNs and the process of isolating, identifying, extracting and mass rearing EPNs. There is also information on how to make field applications.

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.