Top 10 plant-parasitic nematodes in molecular plant pathology

John Jones, Annelies Haegeman, Etienne Danchin, Hari Gaur, Johannes Helder, Mick Jones, T. Kikuchi, Rosa Manzanilla-Lopez, J. Palomares-Rius, Wim Wesemael, Roland Perry

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    A survey of researchers working with plant-parasitic nematodes was undertaken in order to determine a "top 10" list of these pathogens based on scientific and economic importance. Any such list will not be definitive as economic importance will vary depending on the region of the world in which a researcher is based. However, care was taken to include researchers from as many parts of the world as possible when carrying out this survey. The top 10 list emerging from the survey was composed of (1) root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.), (2) cyst nematodes (Heterodera and Globodera spp.), (3) root lesion nematodes Pratylenchus spp., (4) the burrowing nematode Radopholus similis, (5) Ditylenchus dipsaci, (6) the pine wilt nematodes Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, (7) the reniform nematode Rotylenchulus reniformis, (8) Xiphinema index (the only virus vector nematode to make the list), (9) Nacobbus aberrans, and (10) Aphelenchoides besseyi. The biology of each nematode (or nematode group) is reviewed briefly. A review article based on this survey has been published in Molecular Plant Pathology as part of the "Top 10 pathogens" series.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Congress of Nematology
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event6th International Congress of Nematology - Cape Town, South Africa
    Duration: 4-May-20149-May-2014

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