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CULT: Beneficial Nematodes as Borer Control

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: CULT: Beneficial Nematodes as Borer Control
  • From: Henryanner@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 21:30:04 -0600 (MDT)

Sharon asked for comments on the information below, which she found in Organic
Gardening Magazine.

<<  "....beneficial nematodes....according to research at the University of
Maryland, the nematodes - a natural, nontoxic product that consists of tiny
soil-dwelling wroms - can control iris borers even better than chemical
insecticides do.  >>

The potential for beneficial nematodes for borer control has been discussed
several times on this list and the Archives
(http://www.mallorn.com/lists/iris-l/) contain a good deal of thoughtful
material on this subject. 

An article in the current AIS Bulletin (April 1998, pp.35ff ) also presents
the results of this Maryland study, with bibliographic citations and
information about how AIS members can obtain a copy of the full report on
which the same article was based. If you are not a member, perhaps a friend
who is will provide you with a copy.

We all look forward to the day when control of the iris borer is an easy
matter achieved with means that are safe to humans and the environment,
inexpensive, and readily available to all.

Anner Whitehead, Richmond, VA 
Henry Hall Henryanner@aol.com

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