A review of insect-parasitic nematodes research in India: 1927-1997

Citation
Pf. Rahaman et al., A review of insect-parasitic nematodes research in India: 1927-1997, INT J PEST, 46(1), 2000, pp. 19-28
Citations number
119
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Entomology/Pest Control
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEST MANAGEMENT
ISSN journal
0967-0874 → ACNP
Volume
46
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
19 - 28
Database
ISI
SICI code
0967-0874(200001/03)46:1<19:AROINR>2.0.ZU;2-T
Abstract
In the last 70 years, over 100 articles have been published on mermithid ne matodes from a wide range of insects. More than 16 species of allantonemati ds have been reported from insects within the orders Coleoptera, Thysanopte ra, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera. Howardula species have been studied in det ail on thrips and beetles, but the data obtained are insufficient to allow us to conclude whether or not these nematodes are potential biocontrol agen ts. Research on entomopathogenic nematodes started in 1966 and much of the available information is on the DD 136 strain of Steinernema carpocapsae. C ritical information on the entomopathogenic nematode fauna of India, and on their efficacy under field conditions, is not available. A review of the o verall progress made in India on nematodes as biocontrol agents of insects reveals a lack of research focus and direction. This paper summarizes progr ess to date and suggests ways of encouraging the use of nematodes as bioins ecticides in India.