Beneficial nematodes (EPN) control western corn rootworm
  • Corn (Zea mays) / international/beneficial nematodes (Heterorhabditis bacteriophora /Western Corn Rootworm (WCR) (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera)
  • Most effective control of the invasive pest larvae of the Western Corn Rootworm, causing severe root damage and lodging, thereby offering an ecological control method with equal or higher efficacy than neonicotinoids (banned by EU)






  • Technical result: average 68% of efficacy of Dianem® through improved nematode and application technology
  • Economic result: biological solution at the same efficacy and cost as the chemical treatment
  • Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:


    • Reduction of the reliance on chemical pesticides (neonicotinoid seed treatments and granular pyrethroides )
    • Enables regenerative land use practices, by adding to soil biodiversity
    • Increased biodiversity enabling long term pest control and resilient cropping systems


    • Enables worker and consumer health and safety
    • Promotes more sustainable maize production, better accepted by the public


    • Supports specialized smallholder farmers’ livelihood and value generation
    • Improvement of financial viability by reduction of man and tractor hours as well as gasoline as the product is applied at sowing
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