New nematode species discovery offers pesticide-free pest control

By Can Emir | Interesting Engineering |

INTERESTING ENGINEERING - In a scientific breakthrough, researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have unveiled a newfound nematode species with extraordinary potential in pest management.

This diminutive yet formidable worm, identified as a member of the Steinernema genus, can infiltrate and eradicate insect pests, offering a sustainable alternative to conventional pesticides in agricultural settings.

Led by nematology professor Adler Dillman, the team at UCR stumbled upon this remarkable discovery while delving into the intricacies of another Steinernema variant.

What began as an endeavor to deepen understanding of nematode behavior took an unexpected turn when DNA analysis revealed distinct genetic markers, setting the stage for unveiling a previously unknown species.

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