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Nematodes in plant quarantine: Detection of plant parasitic nematode infestations difficult because of complexity of possible causes of visible symptoms


W. H. Hart

Author Affiliations

W. H. Hart is Extension Specialist in Plant Nematology, University of California, Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 13(9):4-5. DOI:10.3733/ca.v013n09p4. September 1959.

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Nearly all the major crop pests in California–including plant parasitic nematodes–have been introduced on or in host plants or as contaminants on articles of commerce. There are, however, a number of nematode species of serious economic importance in other parts of the world which are not known to occur in California. The golden nematode is a serious pest of potato in Europe and on Long Island, New York; the sting nematode injures many crops in the southeastern states; the soybean cyst nematode, in the Mississippi Valley and other southeastern states, attacks soybean, snapbean, and other plants of the bean family; and the burrowing nematode, reported to be the cause of spreading decline of citrus in Florida, are some of the nematode species not yet established in California.

Hart W. 1959. Nematodes in plant quarantine: Detection of plant parasitic nematode infestations difficult because of complexity of possible causes of visible symptoms. Hilgardia 13(9):4-5. DOI:10.3733/ca.v013n09p4

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Plant nematology in California: State's: Crop losses led to first department for research in plant nematology to be established by experiment stations

Nematode structure and life: Wide range of life habits requires combination of characters for identification of parasites classified among nematodes

Field and vegetable crops: Wide ranges of crops and climatic conditions in California necessitate development of several diverse control programs

Nematodes in grape production: Distribution records show multiple infestations of two or more species of nematodes to be in most of California's vineyards

Citrus and avocado nematodes: Spread by nursery stock, by contaminated implements, and by water from irrigation canals that may drain infested land

Deciduous fruit and nut trees: Root-knot nematode on peach and root-lesion nematode on walnut cause serious problems for California orchardists

Nematodes on ornamentals: Root-knot, root-lesion, and more specialized or exotic forms may cause acute injuries in nursery, greenhouse, and garden

Biochemical relationships: Nematodes, plants, and linking soil components of complex problem of widespread, important pest of state's agriculture

Natural enemies of nematodes: Studies of complex soil environment aimed at favoring fungi and other organisms that limit plant nematode populations

Chemical control of nematodes: Effective nematocides relatively few in number but available in several forms for field use on perennial and annual crops

Factors influencing the results of fumigation of the California red scale

Inheritance of resistance to hydrocyanic acid fumigation in the California red scale

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