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Nematode Video

Insect Parasitic Nematodes: "Tools for Pest Management" is a new 30-minute video produced by Ohio State University through a Northeast Region SARE grant. A snazzy title sequence leads into a dramatization involving a golf course superintendent who needs to control cutworms on one of his greens, but would like an alternative to the toxic chemicals they've been using. Fortunately our hero--real-life entomologist Dave Shetlar, of Ohio State University--is there to provide him with all the information he needs on these tiny biological control agents. Interspersed with the story are interviews with nematode and pest control experts, excellent photos of nematodes and other natural enemies, and nice graphics that clearly present important facts.

This video covers the basics of what nematodes are, the different commercially-available species, their potential uses, and application requirements, as well as the limitations of these biological control agents. The writers did a good job of emphasizing that nematodes are not the answer to every pest problem, but when used under the appropriate conditions can provide effective control of selected insect pests.

Although the dramatization involves golf course pests, there is ample discussion of usage of insect-parasitic nematodes for a variety of agricultural and horticultural applications. The video is appropriate for all types of pest management audiences. For information on obtaining a copy of the videotape, contact

Michael G. Klein
USDA-ARS Hort. Insects Res. Lab
Wooster, Ohio 44691

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