Plant Pathology Department


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Jackson-Ziems, T. A. 2016. “Root-Lesion Nematodes,” pp. 71-73 in Compendium of Sunflower Diseases and Pests, edited by R. M. Harveson, S. G. Markell, C. C. Block, and T. J. Gulya. St. Paul, MN: APS Press.


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Root-lesion nematodes, Pratylenchus spp., are among the most commonly encountered plant-parasitic nematodes, with one or more species occurring in almost every field. Their small size (0.4-0.7 mm long) relative to most other plant-parasitic nematodes enables them to survive in almost any soil texture. Their wide host range and distribution make them one of the most damaging nematodes worldwide, ranging from cool temperate to tropical environments. At least eight species of root-lesion nematodes have been associated with sunflower.