Does the presence of detached root border cells of Zea mays alter the activity of the pathogenic nematode Meloidogyne incognita?

S. Rodger, A. G. Bengough, B. S. Griffiths, V. Stubbs, I. M. Young

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    Abstract

    The root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita is a major pathogen of a range of important crops. Currently, control is typically achieved by the use of nematicides. However. recent work suggests that manipulating the ability of roots to slough off border cells, which then act as a decoy to the nematode. can significantly decrease damage to the roots. We investigated the attractiveness of border cells to M. incognita and the response of the nematode to border cells in close proximity. We found very limited attraction, in that nematodes did not preferentially alter direction to move toward the border cells, but a large and significant increase in nematode speed was observed once they were in the immediate vicinity of border cells. We discuss the results in the context of physical and biological mechanisms in relation to the control of pathogenic nematodes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1111-1114
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhytopathology
    Volume93
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

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