TitleControl of insect pests with entomopathogenic nematodes: The impact of molecular biology and phylogenetic reconstruction
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLiu, J, Poinar, GO, Berry, RE
JournalAnnual Review of Entomology
Type of ArticleJournal Article

Entomopathogenic nematodes are excellent biological control agents. Utilization of these nematodes is developing rapidly with almost a doubling of newly described species in the past five years. Advances in molecular biology and phylogenetic reconstruction have revolutionized understanding of population structure, identification, genetic improvement, systematics, and the symbiosis between entomopathogenic nematodes and their bacteria. Population structure provides the most fundamental information for reliable identification of species and unique genetic variants. Such information could be further assessed for nematode potential as biological control agents. Phylogenetic reconstruction is an important approach for understanding multitrophic interactions among entomopathogenic nematodes, symbiotic bacteria, and their insect hosts. Phylogenetic reconstruction is also important for the development of a natural and stable type of systematics, which can provide guidelines for selecting appropriate entomopathogenic nematode species for particular biological control programs.

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