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Lack of negative effects of the biological control agent Duddingtonia flagrans on soil nematodes and other nematophagous fungi

  • C.A. Saumell (a1), A.S. Fernández (a1), F. Echevarria (a2), I. Gonçalves (a2), L. Iglesias (a1), M.F. Sagües (a1) and E.M. Rodríguez (a3)...

Abstract

The possible environmental effects of the massive use of Duddingtonia flagrans for controlling sheep nematodes were evaluated in two regions. Non-supplemented faeces and faeces from sheep supplemented with D. flagrans were deposited three times on pasture plots and samples were collected 7 and 14 days post-deposition. Samples were cultured in agar-water (2%) with Panagrellus spp. to recover D. flagrans and other nematophagous fungi, and soil nematodes were extracted using Baermann funnels and counted. No significant differences in the populations of soil nematodes and fungi colonizing sheep faeces (P > 0.05) were observed between supplemented and non-supplemented groups, except in one sample. The topsoil in contact with the faeces was sampled 1–4 months post-deposition, revealing that, with one exception, D. flagrans did not persist in soil beyond 2 months post-deposition. Duddingtonia flagrans does not affect faecal colonization by other fungi and soil nematodes and, once deployed on pasture, does not survive for long periods in the environment.

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Lack of negative effects of the biological control agent Duddingtonia flagrans on soil nematodes and other nematophagous fungi

  • C.A. Saumell (a1), A.S. Fernández (a1), F. Echevarria (a2), I. Gonçalves (a2), L. Iglesias (a1), M.F. Sagües (a1) and E.M. Rodríguez (a3)...

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