Local host-dependent persistence of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae used to control the large pine weevil Hylobius abietis

Harvey, C. and Griffin, C. (2015) Local host-dependent persistence of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae used to control the large pine weevil Hylobius abietis. BioControl. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1386-6141.

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Abstract

Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) applied inundatively to suppress insect pests are more likely to persist and establish in stable agroecosystems than in annual crops. We investigated a system of intermediate stability: three stumps harbouring the large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis L.; Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a major European forestry pest. We tested whether persistence of EPN Steinernema carpocapsae Weiser (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae) applied around stumps is maintained by recycling of EPN through pine weevils developing within stumps. Steinernema carpocapsae was detected in soil around and under the bark of treated tree stumps up to two years, but not 4–5 years after application. Differences in nematode presence between sites were better explained by tree species (pine or spruce) than soil type (mineral or peat). Presence of S. carpocapsae in soil was positively correlated with the number of H. abietis emerging from untreated stumps the previous year, which was greater for pine stumps than spruce stumps.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0360 Invertebrates > QL0461 Insects
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Chris Harvey
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2016 14:47
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 00:30
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14219

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