Commercial Biological Control Agents Targeted Against Plant-Parasitic Root-knot Nematodes

Marie-Stéphane Tranier, Johan Pognant-Gros, Reynaldo De la Cruz Quiroz, Cristóbal Noé Aguilar González, Thierry Mateille, Sevastianos Roussos
2014 Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology  
Root-knot nematodes are microscopic round worms, which cause severe agricultural losses. Their attacks affect the productivity by reducing the amount and the caliber of the fruits. Chemical control is widely used, but biological control appears to be a better solution, mainly using microorganisms to reduce the quantity of pests infecting crops. Biological control is developing gradually, and with time, more products are being marketed worldwide. They can be formulated with bacteria, viruses or
more » ... cteria, viruses or with filamentous fungi, which can destroy and feed on phytoparasitic nematodes. To be used by the farmers, biopesticides must be legalized by the states, which has led to the establishment of a legal framework for their use, devised by various governmental organizations.
doi:10.1590/s1516-8913201402540 fatcat:5ph4bfhcorf3lgwbzz2uckpeti