Entomopathogenic Nematodes are considered as excellent biocontrol agents / by Ganpati Jagdale

Why do entomopathogenic nematodes are considered as excellent biocontrol agents? Because they......

  1. have a broad host range.
  2. have the ability to search actively for hosts.
  3. have the ability to kill their hosts rapidly within 24-48 hours.
  4. have the potential to recycle in the soil environment.
  5. have no deleterious effects on humans, other vertebrate animals, non-target organisms and plants.
  6. have no negative effects on environment.
  7. can be easily mass produced using both in vivo and in vitro methods.
  8. can be easily applied using traditional insecticide spraying equipments.
  9. are compatible with many chemical insecticides and biopesticides.
  10. have been exempted from registration and regulation requirement by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and similar agencies in many other countries.