Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) Minutes of a meeting dated 28th September 2006
“Use of Nematodes for biological pest control”
Introduction of a non-native non-GM nematode would be problematic if it were viable outside of the commercial setting e.g. glasshouse. A previous application to apply Steinernema Carpocapsae as an insecticide was postponed until information on UK persistence was presented. The information led ACRE to the view that it would the support the licensing of this nematode for use as a biological control agent.
If populations of Steinernema Carpocapsae did develop outside the glasshouse their range would be determined by soil type and humidity. Remediation should be possible, though it may be unnecessary as this nematode has been released previously, but was not successful, in the UK.