wen, B. Pembroke and M. A. Rahu

Publishing Date: 2016

E-ISSN: 0255-7576

Volume 34 Issue 1


Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) are one of the promising alternatives to synthetic insecticides for the control of insect pests. For successful insect management, EPNs must be established in the soil and remain infective, persistent and pathogenic for long periods. The present study investigated on the
emergence of Steinernema feltiae infective juveniles (IJ) from infected Galleria mellonella cadavers in moist and dry conditions. A significantly high number of infective juveniles of S. feltiae emerged in moist conditions as compared to dry. A positive correlation was found between the weight of the Galleria larvae at infection and the numbers of IJ recovered in the moist as compared with dry conditions

Key word: Entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema feltiae, emergence, moist and dry conditions