Selection of entomopathogenic nematodes for enhanced responsiveness to a volatile root signal helps to control a major root pest.

@article{Hiltpold2010SelectionOE,
  title={Selection of entomopathogenic nematodes for enhanced responsiveness to a volatile root signal helps to control a major root pest.},
  author={Ivan Hiltpold and Mariane Baroni and Stefan Toepfer and Ulrich Kuhlmann and Ted Christiaan Johannes Turlings},
  journal={Plant signaling & behavior},
  year={2010},
  volume={5 11},
  pages={1450-2}
}
The efficacy of natural enemies as biological control agents against insect pests can theoretically be enhanced by artificial selection for high responsiveness to foraging cues. The recent discovery that maize roots damaged by the western corn rootworm (WCR) emit a key attractant for insect-killing nematodes has opened the way to explore whether a selection strategy can improve the control of root pests. The compound in question, (E)-beta-caryophyllene, is only weakly attractive to… CONTINUE READING