Nematodes for turf pests
larvae can severely damage turf such as home lawns and golf courses.
Chemical pesticides are sometimes effective but can harm beneficial
soil organisms and cause run-off contamination of waterways. The
use of insect killing entomopathogenic nematodes (Ens) helps to
overcome these problems.
ENs are microscopic
transparent worms that seek out and kill their target pest but are
harmless to other animals, plants and the environment.
involved identifying the nematodes that attacked lawn scarabs and
the development of a system for large scale production and methods
for medium to long term storage which enabled commercialisation
of the nematodes.
of ENs targeted at turf pests such as black beetle and other scarab
beetle grubs as well as bill bugs, cutworms and armyworms are currently
being produced under licence by the Clean River subsidiary, Ecogrow
Horticulture Australia Ltd, Ecogrow Pty Ltd