The entomopathogenic nematodes, Steinernema and Heterorhabditis, as well as slug-parasitic nematodes, Phasmarhabditis offer the most promise for its commercial development as biocontrol agent. During the past 20 years a significant progress has been made in the development of nematode formulations, however, post-application survival is still a debatable issue. High product cost, limited product availability, lack of suitable production technology for different nematode species, low shelf life in comparison to traditional chemical pesticides and lack of proper technique (how to use) among the users are some hindrance coming in the way, which have still kept nematodes under-utilized in pest management programmes. Also, these beneficial nematodes always need a low temperature (whether formulated or not), which adds an additional expense for producers ultimately making the final cost high. Limited production capacity, poor shelf life and seasonal nature of demand further aggravate the problem.

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