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On the Orientation of Plant Nematodes and of Some Other Soil Animals

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In summary, we may say that nematodes are attracted to roots and germinating seeds. They reach them by means of oriented migration. This attraction is made possible particularly by chemical factors, especially CO2 and certain amino acids. The significance of electric stimuli in the finding of the host is not absolutely clear. We may assume that CO2, owing to the relatively large quantities in which it is exuded and the ability of nematodes to move under orientation in its gradients, is to be regarded principally as a long distance attractant. The other quantitatively less important excretions may on the other hand play a part in the immediate vicinity of the root.

Affiliations: 1: Federal Research Station for Arboriculture, Viticulture and Horticulture, Wädenswil/Zürich, Switzerland


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