Nematodes

(Plant Parasitic Nematodes)

Nematodes (also called ‘roundworms’) are relatively small, multicellular, worm-like animals. They are found in almost every environmental niche imaginable, living free in soil, marine and freshwater habitats while feeding on bacteria, fungi, and nematodes, or as parasites of humans, insects, fish, larger animals and plants.

Plant parasitic nematodes are abundant in many soils and may be feed on roots and other below ground plant tissue as external feeders while living outside a plant or penetrate and enter plant tissue to live and feed internally causing damage to plants. While most species of plant parasitic nematodes feed on below ground plant tissue, a relatively fewer number may inhabit and feed on above ground tissue. Billions of dollars in losses to agricultural crops due to damages caused by plant parasitic nematodes occur worldwide every year. California’s agricultural industry could lose several hundred million dollars annually in crop losses if certain plant parasitic nematodes not known to occur or of limited occurrence in California would become widespread within the State.


PEST RATINGS AND PROPOSALS:

Anguina funesta
Pest Rating: A

Anguina tritici | Wheat Seed gall nematode
Pest Rating: A

Asian Citrus Root-knot Nematodes
Pest Rating:  A

Bursaphelenchus coccophilus
Pest Rating: A

Ditylenchus destructor Thourne, 1945
Pest Rating: A

Helicotylenchus spp.
Pest Rating: C

Helicotylenchus multicinctus
Pest Rating:  B

Hemicycliophora arenaria
Pest Rating: B

Heterodera carotae Jones, 1950
Pest Rating: B

Longidorus elongatus: Needle nematode
Pest Rating:  B

Meloidogyne enterolobii Yang and Eisenback, 1983.
(A Root knot Nematode)
Pest Rating: A

Paratylenchus spp. Micoletzky, 1922
Pest Rating: C

Pratylenchus alleni 
Pest Rating:  A

Pratylenchus coffeae
Pest Rating: B

Pratylenchus neglectus
Pest Rating: C

Pratylenchus thornei
Pest Rating: C

Radopholus similis (Cobb, 1893) Thorne, 1949
Pest Rating: A

Rotylenchulus reniformis
Pest Rating: A

Scutellonema spp. Cobb, 1913
Pest Rating: C

Tylenchorhynchus spp.
Pest Rating: C

Xiphinema index
Pest Rating: B