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Root-Knot Nematodes Control in Your Garden

Nematoda

Root-knot Nematodes are transparent soil-dwelling worm-like roundworms that are almost impossible to see with the naked eye. All nematodes are smooth, unsegmented members of the phylum Nematoda - unlike segmented earthworms which are members of the phylum Annelida.

Root-knot Nematodes are members of the nematode genus Meloidogyne. There are many species of this nematode and they are all parasitic on various plants. Some species have specific hosts, while others affect a range of plants. They all have the same modus operandi. They enter a plant’s roots and cause them to form galls or ‘knots’.

Image above showing uninfected carrots (left) and infected carrots (right). Image courtesy of: © State of Western Australia (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, WA)

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