| || || Kour, Sumeet|
| || || Occurrence and characterisation of entomopathogenic nematodes in Fiji soils and their potential application in biocontrol|
Institution: The University of the South Pacific
Subject: Insect pests | Biological control | Fiji, Insect nematodes | Fiji, Nematodes as biological pest control agents | Fiji, Nematodes as carriers of disease Fiji
Call No.: Pac SB 933 .334 .K68 2017
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Abstract: Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) have proved useful in controlling insect pests and have the potential to replace costly and hazardous chemical pesticides to an extent or be an effective option in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programmes. The EPN genera Steinernema and Heterorhabditis are being widely researched as biocontrol agents of agricultural insect pests. However, there are no reports of EPN research from the Fiji Islands. The current study was undertaken considering the biocontrol potential of EPN and the fact that this area of research is unexplored in Fiji that has an agriculture dominated economy. The study aimed to investigate the detailed information needed to allow and facilitate use of EPN for pest control in Fiji by exploring the Fiji soils for presence of EPN, documenting their distribution, and by studying the influence of environmental factors on survival and efficacy of naturally occurring EPN species.