Natural occurrence and distribution of entomopathogenic nematodes (Steinernematidae and Heterorhabditidae) in Nepal.

Hari Bahadur Khatri-Chhetri, Lieven Waeyenberge, Hira Kaji Manandhar, Maurice Moens

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    Abstract

    A survey of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) was conducted for the first time in Nepal during June-December 2007. EPN were recovered from 29 of the 276 soil samples (10.50%). Molecular and morphological tools were used to identify the isolates. Among 29 positive samples, seven samples (24.14%) yielded heterorhabditids (Heterorhabditis indica) and 22 samples (75.86%) contained steinernematids. Among steinernematids, seven isolates were identified as one of four described species (Steinernema abbasi, S. cholashanense, S. feltiae and S. siamkayai) whereas 15 isolates did not fit any description. H. indica was recovered from diverse habitats. Distribution of steinernematids has followed ecological niches and localized areas.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
    Volume103
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)74-78
    Number of pages5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Animals
    • Nematoda
    • Nepal
    • Soil

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