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For many years, Australia has been the only large land mass in the world in which potato cyst nematode has not been found. However, in 1986, potato cyst nematode was found on four properties at Munster 10km south of Perth, Western Australia.
Potato cyst nematode is a minute worm like organism which attacks the roots of several plant species including potatos, causing very high yield losses. It is a very serious pest of potatoes throughout the world and strict quarantine controls are enforced in countries and potato-growing areas froo of nematode.
Stanton, J M.
"Potato cyst nematode,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 28:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol28/iss1/4