Entomopathogenic nematodes as a model system for advancing the frontiers of ecology

Raquel Campos-Herrera, Mary Ellen Barbercheck, Casey W. Hoy, S. Patricia Stock

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Abstract

Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) in the families Heterorhabditidae and Steinernematidae have a mutualistic- symbiotic association with enteric γ-Proteobacteria (Steinernema-Xenorhabdus and Heterorhabditis- Photorhabdus), which confer high virulence against insects. EPNs have been studied intensively because of their role as a natural mortality factor for soil-dwelling arthropods and their potential as biological control agents for belowground insect pests. For many decades, research on EPNs focused on the taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, genetics, physiology, biochemistry and ecology, as well as commercial production and application technologies. More recently, EPNs and their bacterial symbionts are being viewed as a model system for advancing research in other disciplines such as soil ecology, symbiosis and evolutionary biology. Integration of existing information, particularly the accumulating information on their biology, into increasingly detailed population models is critical to improving our ability to exploit and manage EPNs as a biological control agent and to understand ecological processes in a changing world. Here, we summarize some recent advances in phylogeny, systematics, biogeography, community ecology and population dynamics models of EPNs, and describe how this research is advancing frontiers in ecology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-176
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Nematology
Volume44
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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entomopathogenic nematodes
ecology
biological control agents
biogeography
Photorhabdus
Xenorhabdus
Heterorhabditidae
soil ecology
taxonomy
Heterorhabditis
Steinernematidae
Steinernema
Biological Sciences
community ecology
application technology
Proteobacteria
phylogeny
dynamic models
biochemistry
symbionts

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Campos-Herrera, Raquel ; Barbercheck, Mary Ellen ; Hoy, Casey W. ; Stock, S. Patricia. / Entomopathogenic nematodes as a model system for advancing the frontiers of ecology. In: Journal of Nematology. 2012 ; Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 162-176.
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Entomopathogenic nematodes as a model system for advancing the frontiers of ecology. / Campos-Herrera, Raquel; Barbercheck, Mary Ellen; Hoy, Casey W.; Stock, S. Patricia.

In: Journal of Nematology, Vol. 44, No. 2, 01.06.2012, p. 162-176.

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