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Nematodes are common soil pests that feed on the roots of a wide range of crop plants in all agricultural areas of Western Australia, irrespective of soil type and rainfall. Nematodes multiply on susceptible hosts. Consequently, as nematode populations increase, crop production is limited. Cereal yield losses due to nematodes in Western Australia are in the order of 5 to 15 per cent per annum, but individual losses as high as 40 per cent have been recorded.
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
Integrated pest management, Plant parasitic nematodes, Pratylenchus, Yield losses, Nematoda, Radopholus nativus
Agriculture | Animal Sciences | Plant Sciences
Vanstone, V. (2007), Root lesion and burrowing Nematodes in Western Australian cropping systems. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Bulletin 4698, 20p.