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Nematode Pathogenesis of Insects and Other Pests

Ecology and Applied Technologies for Sustainable Plant and Crop Protection

  • Raquel Campos-Herrera

Part of the Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection book series (SUPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Biological and Environmental Factors Affecting Entomopathogenic Nematodes as Biological Control Agents

  3. Advances on Entomopathogenic Nematodes Production and Release

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Claudia Dolinski, David Shapiro-Ilan, Edwin E. Lewis
      Pages 207-229
    3. David Shapiro-Ilan, Claudia Dolinski
      Pages 231-254
    4. Ana Piedra-Buena, Javier López-Cepero, Raquel Campos-Herrera
      Pages 255-282
  4. Entomopathogenic Nematode Exploitation: Case-Studies in Crop Protection in Different Crops and Countries

About this book


One of the most challenging goals for modern agriculture is simultaneously reducing negative impacts on the environment while producing enough food. Sustainable agriculture is the alternative, using rational methods to protect crops and enhance productions. To accomplish this objective is necessary to link fundamental and applied research to advance towards the optimal use of the resources. The first volume of the Series “Sustainability in plant and crop protection”, presents a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary compendium about the recent achievements in the use of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) and other nematodes as biological control in a global scale. Three sections comprise this volume to provide a holistic and up-to-date revision of different topics related with the use of nematodes as biocontrol. The fundamental bases on the biodiversity, genetic improvement, behavior, interactions in the rhizosphere and the conceptual model to their employ from augmentation to conservation biological control are discussed in the first section (Chapters 1-6). New approaches and techniques developed to enhance their efficacy and survival, enhancement of their release and the implications of regulation and ecological impact on the industrial scale production integrate the core of the second section (Chapters 7-10). The last section links the two previous ones in a worldwide case-study discussion. Long-term research programs and pioneer studies in countries with limited resources are integrated in this section (Chapters 11-20), including a special reference on the advances performed in the use of the slug parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita (Chapter 21). The contributors are renowned Scientific with long expertise in the selected topic. Their experiences illustrate the roadmap for the future generation of researchers interested in built a new system in which sustainable agriculture will be the standard practice.


Biological Control Insects Nematodes Pest Management Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Raquel Campos-Herrera
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

About the editors

Dr Raquel Campos-Herrera is working on the ecology and biology of entomopathogenic nematodes since her PhD program in 2001, developed in the Spanish Council of Research (CSIC)-Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She received her PhD in 2006 with the Thesis entitled “The entomopathogenic nematodes from La Rioja and their symbiotic bacteria”, which was awarded with the European Mention and the Extraordinary Award as the best PhD in Zoology, Ecology and Botany in the University Complutense from Madrid. She has self-funded her whole career as young scientist, obtaining different fellowships and grants to support her PhD program (Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, and post-graduate CSIC program) and the postdoctoral research at the University of Florida (USA) and Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias (ICA-CSIC) (Ramón Areces Foundation and Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for Career Development). Recently, she joined the laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Research in Chemical Ecology (University of Neuchâtel) in October 2013. Here she develops the project “Applications of entomopathogenic nematodes for a sustainable control of soil insect pests”, granted by the Swiss National Science Foundation as part of the NRP68 “Sustainable use of Soil as a Resource”, appointed until March 2016. During her development as young researcher, she has participated in 11 national and european grants and was PI in two regional grants to study the entomopathogenic nematode biology and ecology for native Spanish isolates.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nematode Pathogenesis of Insects and Other Pests
  • Book Subtitle Ecology and Applied Technologies for Sustainable Plant and Crop Protection
  • Editors Raquel Campos-Herrera
  • Series Title Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection
  • Series Abbreviated Title Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-18265-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37178-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-18266-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 531
  • Number of Illustrations 30 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agriculture
    Sustainable Development
    Soil Science & Conservation
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