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The Mechanism of Action of the Yam Nematode, Scutellonema Bradys

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Chromatographic analysis of the incubation solution of S. bradys showed that five amino acids--aspartic acid, phenylalanine, hydroxyinol acetic acid, leucine and isoleucine were discharged by this nematode. Pectinase and amylase activities were detected in homogenates of S. bradys. The absence of the steroid group of compounds in the nematode-infected yam tubers revealed by spectrometric analysis might be disease-related as evidenced by its appearance in the healthy yam tubers.

Affiliations: 1: Phytopathology Unit, Department of Agricultural Biology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria


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