Potato cyst nematode: our most important pest?

A description of the damage caused by potato cyst nematode species together with an account of their biology, distribution and abundance given to help potato growers plan suitable control methods.

Year of Publication2015

Potato cyst nematodes cause substantial loss of yield in potato crops in the UK by feeding in the roots before forming egg-filled cysts visible to the naked eye.  These may survive in the soil for many years and hatch when a new crop is planted.  Factors affecting the distribution and abundance of the two species are described and reference is given to other OpenField items describing control methods.

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pests and diseases of potatoesvegetable gardening
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