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Interactions of entomopathogenic nematodes and mushroom sciarid flies. - HH1835SMU

Description
The overall aim of this project is to provide the strategic information on interactions between mushroom sciarid flies and entomopathogenic nematodes that is essential to the development of effective systems of biological control. The project is relevant to the Policy Objective of reducing pesticide usage in horticulture. With regard to the mushroom industry, the project will contribute to ensuring that UK producers compete effecively in the market and that they can improve the acceptability of their produce through access to sustainable pest control methods.

the project will use molecukar methods to determine the range and incidence of species of sciarids affecting UK mushroom culture. this approach will allow sciarid larvae as well as adults to be identified. Steinernematid and heterorhabditid nematodes will be cultures on artificial media and used throughout the project. Storage regimes will be varied to investigate factors affecting nematode lipid utilisation, survival and infectivity. The results will make a significant contribution to our understanding of nematode virulence and host specificity and will be published in refereed papers and in a trade journal. Presentations or posters will be prepared for international colloquia or mushroom growers' meetings. This project will benifit from existing close contacts with commercial companies marketing biological control products. Our recent track record of success in providing UK horticulture with alternatives to insecticides for the control of importanat pests should stimulate further interest, in growers, insustainable pest control.
Objective
To provide strategic information on interactions between mushroom sciarid flies and entomopathogenic nematodes that is essential to the development of effective systems of biological control.
Project Documents
• Final Report : final project report   (1070k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2002

Cost: £503,998
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Horticulture Research International
Keywords
Biological Control              
Crop Pests              
Farming              
Horticulture              
Mushrooms              
Vegetables              
Fields of Study
Horticulture
Horticulture