Exploring further possibilities and advancements of using bio-control entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) for the management of insect pests in Alberta (# 2021F119R)

Crop losses and the economic impact caused by canola insect pests is substantial, depending on outbreak conditions. With the predicted de-registration of two key insecticides, canola producers are potential subject to greater economic losses. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs), also known as predatory nematodes, are commercially available biocontrol agents for the management of insect pests. Advancement in application technology has improved their biocontrol efficiency against insect pests. In this project we propose to further explore EPN use against root maggots and cutworms. EPNs showed good control of both these pest in laboratory experiments of different commercially available EPN species. This project is focused on the investigations under greenhouse conditions and subsequently future studies will lead to field trials with the long-term goal of providing a sustainable insect pest management approach for Western Canadian growers.

Amanpreet Kaur
Faculty Supervisor: 
Shabeg Briar
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