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Title: Does the Presence of Detached Root Border Cells of 'Zea mays' Alter the Activity of the Pathogenic Nematode 'Meloidogyne incognita?'
Contributor(s): Rodger, R (author); Bengough, A G (author); Griffiths, B S (author); Stubbs, V (author); Young, Iain  (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1094/PHYTO.2003.93.9.1111
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Abstract: The root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita is a major pathogen of a range of important crops. Currently, control is typically achieved by the use of nematicides. However, recent work suggests that manipulating the ability of roots to slough off border cells, which then act as a decoy to the nematode, can significantly decrease damage to the roots. We investigated the attractiveness of border cells to M. incognita and the response of the nematode to border cells in close proximity. We found very limited attraction, in that nematodes did not preferentially alter direction to move toward the border cells, but a large and significant increase in nematode speed was observed once they were in the immediate vicinity of border cells. We discuss the results in the context of physical and biological mechanisms in relation to the control of pathogenic nematodes.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Phytopathology, 93(9), p. 1111-1114
Publisher: American Phytopathological Society
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0031-949X
Field of Research (FOR): 050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified
050303 Soil Biology
050305 Soil Physics
060208 Terrestrial Ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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