Susceptibility of indigenous U.K. earthworms and an invasive pest flatworm to the slug parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita.

R. G. Rae, Michael John Wilson, Jamie Robertson

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Abstract

We exposed five earthworm species, one flatworm species and the susceptible slug Deroceras reticulatum to the recommended field application rate and five times this rate of Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita. P. hermaphrodita caused significant mortality to D. reticulatum at the recommended rate and five times the recommended rate. Survival of the earthworms and the flatworm was not different from the untreated controls. P. hermaphrodita is a safe biological control agent causing no harm to earthworms and could not be used to kill Arthurdendyus triangulatus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-626
Number of pages3
JournalBiocontrol Science and Technology
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita
  • Lumbricus terrestris
  • Eisenia hortensis
  • Eisenia andrei
  • Eisenia fetida
  • Arthurdendyus triangulatus
  • Dendrodrilus rubidus
  • Deroceras reticulatum
  • New Zealand flatworm
  • non-target organisms
  • biological control
  • TRIANGULATA DENDY TRICLADIDA
  • BIOCONTROL AGENT
  • RHABDITIDAE
  • TERRICOLA
  • SURVIVAL

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