Université de Neuchâtel

Comparative susceptibility of larval instars and pupae of the western corn rootworm to infection by three entomopathogenic nematodes

Kurtz, B. ; Hiltpold, Ivan ; Turlings, Ted C. J. ; Kuhlmann, Ulrich ; Toepfer, Stefan

In: BioControl, 2009, vol. 54, no. 2, p. 255-262

As a first step towards the development of an ecologically rational control strategy against western corn rootworm (WCR; Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte, Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Europe, we compared the susceptibility of the soil living larvae and pupae of this maize pest to infection by three entomopathogenic nematode (EPN) species. In laboratory assays using sand-filled...

Université de Neuchâtel

Recruitment of entomopathogenic nematodes by insect-damaged maize roots

Rasmann, Sergio ; Köllner, Tobias G. ; Degenhardt, Jörg ; Hiltpold, Ivan ; Toepfer, Stefan ; Kuhlmann, Ulrich ; Gershenzon, Jonathan ; Turlings, Ted C. J.

In: Nature, 2005, vol. 434, p. 732-737

Plants under attack by arthropod herbivores often emit volatile compounds from their leaves that attract natural enemies of the herbivores. Here we report the first identification of an insect-induced belowground plant signal, (E)-β-caryophyllene, which strongly attracts an entomopathogenic nematode. Maize roots release this sesquiterpene in response to feeding by larvae of the beetle...