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Production of Male Meloidogyne Spp. and Attraction To Their Females

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Meloidogyne arenaria males emerged from balsam roots 40 to 139 days after inoculation. Females were seen inside roots about 30 days after inoculation. Sex and the size of males are influenced by population density: the greater the number of larvae in the roots the larger the ratio of males to females and the shorter the males. The number of the testes was not related to the size of males. When on agar plates, females of M. arenaria of different ages, exposed or in galls, or obtained from plants infested to different degrees, did not attract their males. Apparently males come into contact with females during random movement and are trapped by them in pockets of water. Similarly, females of M. hapla and M. thamesi also failed to attract their males, suggesting that males of parthenogenetic species have no role in reproduction, and mating, if it occurs, is by chance.

Affiliations: 1: Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts., England


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