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Biocontrol potential of entomopathogenic nematodes against selected key insect pests of canola in Alberta

Lead Researcher Paul Tiege
Co-Researcher(s) Ken Fry, Shabeg Briar
Start Date March 2019
End Date April 2020
Funding Partners Alberta Innovates
Status Ongoing

The Challenge

Insect pest resistance to chemical controls is a growing problem even as the number of chemical control options decrease. More, and different control options are needed for farmers.

The Project

Evaluate the use of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) in a laboratory experiment against foliar insect pests including flea beetles, bertha armyworm, diamondback moth, lygus and cabbage root maggots.

The Result

This section will be updated upon completion of the project and final report submission.

Grower Benefit

These evaluations will direct future investigations under field trials with the long term goal of providing a sustainable insect pest management approach for Western Canadian farmers.


Keywords: Biocontrol, Entomopathogenic nematodes, EPN, Insects, Pests, Lygus, Flea beetles, Cabbage root maggot, Bertha armyworm, Diamondback moth

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