Root-knot nematodes

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A. M. Varela, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
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Minor Pest Description: 

Amongst nematodes infesting passion fruit the root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne incognita, M. javanica and M. arenaria), are the most serious pests. Characteristic symptoms of infestation by root-knot nematodes are formation of galls or knots on roots, yellowing of leaves, stunting and eventual wilting of the affected plants.


Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Rotate with cassava, cereals, maize, Baby corn, sweet corn, sweet potato, onions, cabbages / kale, garlic or fodder grasses (e.g. Sudan grass).
  • Use of tolerant rootstocks (e.g. P. caerula).
  • Maintain high organic matter (farmyard manure / compost) in the soil.
  • Incorporation of neem into planting at transplanting.
Minor Pest Position: 
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
Pest Type: 
nematodes (Pests)
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Host Plants: 
Passion fruit