Aug 25, 2022
Pheremones and beneficial nematodes and the effect on peaches

A free webinar in mid-September will look at research into how entomopathogenic nematodes and their pheromones can provide benefits to soil health and cropping systems.

Entomopathogenic literally means “causing death to insects,” and the webinar will look at how beneficial nematodes can affect peach production.

The event, which starts at 2 p.m. Eastern, Sept. 14, features three speakers:

  • Fatma Kaplan, CEO of Pheronym, Inc.;
  • David Shapiro, research leader of the USDA-ARS SouthEast Fruit and Tree Nut Research Unit in Byron, Georgia; and
  • Jacob Parnell, senior agronomist at Biome Makers.

Pheronym is an agricultural biotechnology company developing non-toxic solutions for plant protection. The company uses pheromones to control the behavior and development of microscopic roundworms called nematodes. They conducted a study with Biome Makers’ BeCrop Trials to assess the efficacy of nematodes with and without pheromones in a peach orchard in Byron.

Pheronym completed BeCrop Trials to analyze 3 products: entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN), Pheromone, and EPN + Phermone in sandy loam soil. The research was also a collaborative effort with David Shapiro-Ilan, an expert on beneficial nematodes, and research leader at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Byron.

Webinar participants can learn more about:

  • Assessing the efficacy of beneficial nematodes with and without the pheromones;
  • Performance of products used in the trials;
  • Measuring the effects of biological ag inputs on the soil microbiome of peach orchards; and
  • Soil insight into functionality, hormone production and stress adaption.

Registration for the seminar is available online.


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