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Studies On Root Knot Nematodes of the Genus Meloidogyne in the Gold Coast

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In laboratory and greenhouse experiments to determine the limits of tolerance of the eelworm to soil moisture, root-knot eelworm larvae and egg-masses were shown to be highly susceptible to death by desiccation. Egg-masses were also somewhat intolerant of excessive moisture. Where nematodes were protected by plant material both these extremes had less effect. The critical moisture content appeared to be 3-4% (10 to 13% of saturation) below which larvae and eggs were unable to survive, except where protected by plant material. In field experiments it was shown that simple cultivations during the dry season November-February were sufficient to reduce soil moisture to or below this critical level, and that a practical measure of control (as determined by assessing the severity of attack on the following crop) did, in fact ensue.

Affiliations: 1: University College of the Gold Coast, Achimota


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