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Research Project: Cranberry Genetic Improvement and Insect Pest Management

Location: Vegetable Crops Research

Title: Opportunity to use native nematodes for pest control

Author
item Foye, Shane - University Of Wisconsin
item Steffan, Shawn

Submitted to: Wisconsin Cranberry School
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/19/2017
Publication Date: 1/19/2017
Citation: Foye, S., Steffan, S.A. 2017. Opportunity to use native nematodes for pest control [abstract]. Wisconsin Cranberry School. Paper No. 6.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: We have surveyed wild cranberry bogs in WI and found three isolates of native nematodes. We have been testing these nematodes as potential biological control agents in for cranberry insect pests including sparganothis fruitworm and flea beetle. The nematodes seem to be effective at finding and killing sparganothis fruitworm in microcosms. In the greenhouse, we compared the efficacy of nematode applications in cranberry sods to two commonly used insecticides (Belay and Diazinon) against the flea beetle and they appear as efficacious.