Effect of entomopathogenic nematodes on Plectrodera scalator (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Declan J. Fallon, Leellen F. Solter, Leah S. Bauer, Deborah L. Miller, James R. Cate, Michael L. McManus

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Entomopathogenic nematodes were screened for efficacy against the cottonwood borer, Plectrodera scalator (Fabricius). Steinernema feltiae SN and S. carpocapsae All killed 58 and 50% of larvae, respectively, in filter paper bioassays but less than 10% in diet cup bioassays. S. glaseri NJ, S. riobrave TX, and H. indica MG-13 killed less than 10% of larvae in both assays. H. marelata IN was ineffective in the diet cup bioassay and killed 12.9% of larvae in a filter paper bioassay. The nematode isolates we tested are not suitable for use as biological control agents against P. scalator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-57
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Biological control
  • Cottonwood borer
  • Heterorhabditis
  • Nematodes
  • Plectrodera scalator
  • Preconditioning
  • Steinernema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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