Location: Fruit and Tree Nut Research
Project Number: 6042-22000-024-05-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: May 15, 2018
End Date: Apr 14, 2021
1) Elucidate behavioral mechanisms that define entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) dispersal and chemical signals that drive the behavior, 2) Elucidate behavioral mechanisms that define EPN infection dynamics and chemical signals that drive the behavior, and 3) Leverage knowledge on behavioral and chemical ecology to enhance biological pest suppression using EPNs.
Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) are potent biocontrol agents. However, field efficacy is variable and often does not live up to expectations. Therefore, it is imperative to elucidate the bases for variations in efficacy. Simply put, efficacy relies on successful nematode foraging (host-finding) and infection. Primary approach is to explore the mechanisms that drive nematode foraging and infection dynamics.