Steinernema carpocapsae/Xenorhabdus nematophila (entomopathogen)

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head region of infective juvenile of Steinernema carpocapsae (click on image to enlarge it)
Authors: Mirayana M. Barros, Dennis Chang, and Dihong Lu
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Steinernema carpocapsae (Weiser, 1955) - nematode
Xenorhabdus nematophila (Poinar and Thomas 1965) Thomas and Poinar 1979 - symbiotic bacterium

This nematode is mainly effective against a variety of soil living and boring insect pests. It is commercially produced and contains the mutualistic and pathogenic bacterium Xenorhabdus nematophila in its gut. The bacteria are releases into the haemocoel of the host by the nematode, causing insect death within 1-2 days.

Synonyms:
Neoaplectana carpocapsae