Root-knot nematodes

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Minor Pest Title

Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.)

Minor Pest Description

The nematodes belong to Meloidogyne spp.. Symptoms consist of poor growth, yellowing of foliage and or wilting of plants during dry hot weather. Root swellings or galls develop on feeder roots. Harvested roots often are misshapen, cracked, and rotted on the surface.

Minor Pest What to do.
  • Use resistant varieties, if available.
  • Rotate with cereals and forage grasses.
Minor Pest Position
Minor Pest Firstcontent
Pest Type
nematodes (Pests)
Other Crops
Host Plants
Sweet potato