Submitted to: American Phytopathological Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: March 19, 1998
Publication Date: N/A
The prospect of managing plant-parasitic nematodes by application of biological control agents has been contemplated for nearly 90 years. Many microorganisms and invertebrates attack or are otherwise deleterious to plant-parasitic nematodes. Interest in these agents has increased as conventional chemical nematicides have been banned or restricted in use. In response to the need for novel management tactics, commercial biocontrol products have been developed, but are currently not in widespread use. Problems in implementing biocontrol include difficulties with production and delivery systems, with the agents not behaving in a predictable and controllable manner, and dealing with the unrealistic desire for biocontrol agents to function like chemical nematicides. Additionally, incongruities often exist between the objectives of industry and goals of other research facilities. Unconventional approaches will be needed to utilize biological control on a commercial scale.