Soil Nematodes - Xiphinema spp. (2023)

common name: dagger nematode
scientific name:Xipinemaspp. (Cobb, 1913) Inglis, 1983 (Nematoda: Enoplea: Dorylaimia: Dorylaimina: Xiphinematinae)

introduction-Sales and Hosts-Life Cycle and Biology-symptoms-ID-Detection and Density Estimation-Economical meaning-Management-Selected references

introduction(go back upstairs)

nematodes of the genusXipinema, commonly called dagger nematodes, parasitize plants. Many of these nematodes, most belong to theXiphinema americanum-group, can transmit viruses to plants during feeding (Taylor and Brown 1997, Gozel et al. 2006). Daggerworms can cause economic damage and host plant death by feeding on roots and also spreading viral mosaicism and wilt diseases (van Zyl et al. 2012, Jones et al. 2013). From a practical point of view, controlling viral diseases in susceptible crops is a major challenge, partly due to the lack of resistant cultivars that should reduce virus vector populations,Xipinemasp. However, field studies have shown that some control measures, such as biofumigation and crop rotation, aimed at reducing the population of virus vectors, dagger nematodes, can be effective to some extent (Evans et al. 2007). Field studies are required to implement appropriate and timely nematode management decisions that minimize crop losses.

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Illustration 1.A typical life cycle of a dagger nematode,Xipinemasp., with detailed characters. Drawing by Nemaplex, University of California, Davis. Used with permission.

Sales and Hosts(go back upstairs)

species of the genusXipinemaThey are widespread in temperate and tropical zones. They are found in South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. In the USA,Xipinemasp. They are classified as moderate turf pests in landscapes in Massachusetts, Arkansas, California, the Carolinas (Robbins 1993, Ye et al. 2012), and Florida.

Five species are among theXiphinema americanumgroup have been detected in Florida and Morocco on tomato, grape, oak, beach grape, pine, raspberry, Brazilian pepper and citrus fruits (Gozel et al. 2006, Mokrini et al. 2014). Other hosts are sudograss (sorghum), cotton, millet, grass (Wick 2012, Ye et al. 2012), legumes, sugar cane, chili, plantain, sugar beet, maize (Shurtleff 1980), weeds, cassava (Rosa et al. al. 2014) and much more.

Life Cycle and Biology(go back upstairs)

Dagger nematodes have six life cycle stages (illustration 1). Parthenogenesis, a form of reproduction that does not require males, is common in many species, but not all. The females lay eggs on the ground. The life cycle of a dagger nematode is similar to that of other ectoparasitic worm nematodes. Hatchlings hatch and molt four times, increasing in size with each molt, until they become adults. When vectorial juveniles feed on virus-infected plants and mature into adults, they can acquire plant-pathogenic viruses commonly known as nepoviruses (polyhedral nematodeviruses). Viruses form a layer in the pharynx (Figure 2) and are injected into the root tissue during feeding (Lamberti and Roca 1987).

Daggerworms are ectoparasitic, meaning that all stages except the eggs attack and feed on the roots of host plants. The nematode inserts its long stylet deep into the root while the body remains in the soil outside the root. The stylet penetrates cell walls when penetrating plant tissues. During feeding, enzymes are secreted to digest the contents of plant cells. Plant parasitic nematodes produce enzymes such as cellulases, pectinases, hemicellulases, and chitinases similar to those produced by bacteria and fungi (Jones et al. 2005, 2013) that digest and destroy root cells, resulting in root tissue.numbers 3mi4). Root cells eventually collapse due to feeding.

A kind ofXipinemathey are sensitive to changes in soil temperature and moisture (Malek 1969) and migrate vertically away from dry topsoil conditions; Most dagger nematodes can live and survive deep in the soil (Feil et al. 1997).

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Figure 2. Viral particles (in red) in the pharyngeal ducts of plant virus vector nematodes: a dagger nematode,Xipinema; needle nematode,long, elongatedmiLongidorus-Macrosoma; stocky nematodes,triodoromiParatricodoro. Drawing by Nemaplex, University of California, Davis. Used with permission.

symptoms(go back upstairs)

The damage that dagger nematodes cause to root systems is similar to that of other ectoparasitic nematodes in plants. Feeding of meristematic root tips destroys root cells (Figure 3) and reduces root volume. A terminal molting of the roots of trees and shrubs is common (Figure 4). The surface effects of damaged roots are stunted plant growth and uneven fields.

Dagger nematodes transmit numerous viruses to plants.cherry leaf virus,Tomato Ringspot Virus, miTobacco Ringspot Virusare some of the viruses transmitted by dagger nematodes during feeding. According to van Zyl et al. 2012, Bermuda grass is a potential reservoir for GFLV (Grapevine fan leaf virus) transmitted by dagger nematodes. Symptoms of viral infections, including yellow mosaic and wilted shoots (numbers 5,6,7mi8) are more visible on woody plants than on grasses, since grasses show few or no symptoms (Hogmire 1995, Izadpanah et al. 2003, Palomares-Rius et al. 2012).

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Figure 3.a dagger nematode,Xipinemasp., feeds on the root tip of the fig tree. Photo by Nemaplex, University of California, Davis, USA Photo used with permission.

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Figure 4.Terminal peeling of grapevine roots caused by a dagger nematode,Xipinemasp. Photo by Pablo Castillo, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, Cordoba, Spain.

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Figure 5.Yellow Mosaic Disease caused byGrapevine fan leaf virustransmitted by the dagger nematode,Xipinemasp. Photo by Pablo Castillo, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, Cordoba, Spain.

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Figure 6.Viking currant leaves show symptoms ofTomato Ringspot Virustransmitted by dagger nematodesXipinemasp. Foto von Joseph Postman, Phytopathologe, USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository, Corvallis, Oregon.

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Figure 7.damaged leaves ofpelargonie gardensinfected withTomato Ringspot Virustransmitted by dagger nematodesXipinemasp. Photo from the archives of the Danish National Institute of Plant Pathology, Photography used with permission.

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Figure 8.Potato plants heavily infected withTobacco Ringspot Virustransmitted by dagger nematodesXipinemasp. Photo from the International Potato Center Archive, Photography used with permission.

ID(go back upstairs)

Xipinemasp. they belong to the subfamily Xiphinematinae, which includes several groups of species (Coomans et al. 2001). An adult nematode has a long body (2–6 mm) and a flat, smooth labial region (Goodey et al. 1960, Brown and Topham 1984, 1985, Siddiqi and Lenne 1990) (Figure 9). The head is not shifted (Figure 10).

species of the genusXipinemathey have a long stylet called the odontostyle (Decraemer and Gerart 2006). The stylet does not have stylet buttons but has tabs that support (anchor) the basal portion of the odontophore (the back of the long stylet) (numbers 10mi11D). The guide ring in the middle holds the long stylet in position.

It is difficult to see the tail region (Figure 11A,B) to identify dagger nematodes, but the sexes can be distinguished by their tail regions. An adult male has paired spikelets (Figure 11A, arrow a) and cloaca (Figure 11A, set b). Adult female dagger nematodes have an anus in the tail region (Figure 11B, arrow c) and a vulva (Figure 11C, arrow off) are located in the middle of the body, but in different places depending on the species. It is not possible to differentiate between the sexes of the young because the sexual organs are not developed. For example, the tail ends of adult males and females of some speciesXipinemavuittenez, Xiphinema of Israel, etc. have a small mucron (Luc et al. 1964, 1982).

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Figure 9.Schematic diagram showing the detailed morphological characteristics of a dagger nematode,Xipinemasp.Nemapix drawing (volume 2) by Patton et al. 2010. Used with permission.

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Figure 10.A drawing comparing the anterior regions of a dagger nematode,Xipinemasp. to a threadworm that stings,Belonolaimússp.The spiny nematode has a displaced head region and a stylet with basal knobs; Dagger nematodes do not have a displaced head area and the basal area of ​​the stylet is lashed down. Photographs Nemaplex, University of California, Davis. Used with permission.

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Figure 11.photographs of a dagger nematode,Xipinemasp. A: Lateral view of male caudal region with paired spikelets (arrow a) and cloaca (arrow b); B: Lateral view of the anus (arrow c) in the tail area of ​​a female; C: Lateral view of the vulva (arrow d) of a woman; D, region of the head showing the complete stylet; E: A full length view. pictures ofTesfamarianisches Mengistu, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida.

Detection and Density Estimation (go back upstairs)

Nematode problems occur in places on infested fields.Figure 12shows a typical example of how plant parasitic nematodes should be sampled in a field. Collect as many samples as possible along the marked zigzag lines. Under dry conditions, samples should be taken to a depth of 60 cm using wider shovels. Soil samples taken at shallow depths must be free of dagger nematodes. However, during rainy seasons, soil samples can be taken up to 40 cm deep with core samplers because dagger nematodes move upwards when soil moisture is high.

Dolch nematodes are obtained from soil samples using the Baermann funnel method (OEPP/EPPO 2009, 2013) and the sugar flotation method (Lawrence and Zehr 1978), among others. The population densities of the nematodes extracted from the samples are analyzed or diagnosed to make management decisions.

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Figure 12.Sample patterns in the fieldsA) seekB) with suspected problems with plant parasitic nematodes in symptomatic patches. Drafts (A) vonWilliam T. Crow, Landscape Nematology Specialist, UF/IFAS Extension, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida and (B) of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario, Canada, used with permission.

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Economical meaning(go back upstairs)

Population densities in landscaped areas can range from 0 to almost 500 per 100 cm.3from the soil, but direct infestation and root feeding by dagger nematodes causes only moderate damage to susceptible landscape plants (e.g. However,Xipinemasp. they are the eighth most important group of plant-parasitic nematodes for agricultural crops worldwide (Jones et al. 2013). Root damage causes weight loss of up to 65% and this can severely reduce yield (Anonymous 2014). Viruses transmitted to food crops such as tomatoes, grapevines, peppers, cassava and potatoes can cause more than 50% crop losses as the virus restricts plant development (Evans et al. 2007, Anonymous 2014). As a result, nematode virus vectors are on the quarantine lists of many countries (Nicol et al. 2011). There are no cultivars available that are resistant to dagger nematodes.

Management(go back upstairs)

The main goals of plant-parasitic nematode management are to keep population densities below the damage threshold and minimize economic losses. Several recommendations have been proposed for the management of plant-parasitic nematodes. Unfortunately, no single method is completely effective. The combination of different management practices is more effective in reducing the density of plant-parasitic nematodes than applying either method separately.

Daggerworms are transmitted to fields through the use of contaminated equipment, planting of infested crops/grass, and contaminated irrigation water or runoff. Therefore, hygiene is key. Chabrier and Quénéherve (2008) found that artificial ditches intercepting runoff on steep slopes effectively reduced the occurrence of plant-parasitic nematodes in fields. Clean equipment such as tractors, seed drills and furrowers should be used to minimize nematode transmission to fields.

Fumigation turned out to be a good strategy. White, black, or red plastic sheeting is typically used to cover the soil surface after soil fumigation. However, clear plastic sheeting lets in sunlight and generates heat that kills and reduces plant-parasitic nematodes in the soil before planting (McSorley and Gil 2010).

Rotting organic straw or straw, green manure and trap crops such asCrotalariamiSesbaniaIt can be used to destroy fungi such aspoconiawhich kill plant-parasitic nematodes (Wildmer et al. 2002). Mustard bran and mustard seed flour, as well as products fromEuphorbiespp., can be incorporated into soils as these plants contain nematicidal elements (Moseley et al. 2010).

Malmequeres (Tagetesspp.) can be grown as cover crops and are effective in reducing nematode populations. According to Evans et al. (2007) Marigolds used in crop rotation programs significantly reduced knife nematode populations and the severity of soybean dwarf virus in soybeans. Marigolds produce root exudates (with alpha-terthienyl) that suppress plant-parasitic nematodes, pathogenic fungi and bacteria (Wang et al. 2007, Krueger et al. 2010).

Sturdy, healthy plants are more tolerant of plant-parasitic nematodes than severely stressed plants. Fertilization and sufficient watering are important to keep the plants healthy.

Weed control is important because some weeds are also good hosts for dagger nematodes and the plant viruses they transmit (Nemabase 2013).

For current management of plant-parasitic nematodes on crops and landscape plants, see the latest recommendations atSEGD.

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What disease is caused by Xiphinema? ›

Yellow mosaic disease caused by Grapevine fanleaf virus transmitted by dagger nematode, Xiphinema sp.

How do you get rid of nematodes in soil? ›

To kill nematodes in soil, heat small quantities of moist soil to 140°F in the oven or by solarization. Heating soil in the oven over a time period needed to bake a medium-sized potato placed in the center of the soil is sufficient to kill nematodes; however, this is only practical for small quantities of soil.

Are soil nematodes harmful? ›

The vast majority of nematodes are completely harmless. Many even play an essential role in the environment, such as free-living nematodes that make nutrients available for plants. However, harmful nematodes like hookworm are downright destructive.

What are the two most economically damaging plant-parasitic nematodes? ›

Some of the most economically damaging nematodes like the root knot nematode (RKN) and soybean cyst nematode (SCN) enter roots and establish a permanent feeding sites where they complete their life cycles without killing the cells around them.

What is the common name for Xiphinema index? ›

Xiphinema index (fan-leaf virus nematode)

What are the characteristics of Xiphinema nematode? ›

Species in the genus Xiphinema are relatively large nematodes, 2 to 3 mm in length. The genus is characterized by the presence of a very long odontostyle or spear (stylet). The spear and its extension are approximately 150 µm or more in length.

What plant kills nematodes? ›

Several plants may minimize nematode damage in the following vegetable and field crops. Some marigolds, a few varieties of chrysanthemum, and castor bean, partridge pea, several Crotalaria spp., velvetbean, sesame, and rape- seed produce nematicidal (killing) and nematistatic (suppressive) or- ganic compounds.

What is the best way to get rid of nematodes? ›

The most reliable practices are preventive, including sanitation and choice of plant varieties. You can reduce existing infestations through fallowing, crop rotation, and soil solarization. However, these methods reduce nematodes primarily in the top foot or so of the soil, so they are effective only for about a year.

How long do nematodes live in soil? ›

How long do beneficial nematodes last? Beneficial nematodes can live and prey on insect pests in your soil for up to 18 months after application as long as the ground doesn't freeze.

Can soil nematodes infect humans? ›

Some nematode infections can be transmitted directly from infected to uninfected people; in others, the nematode eggs must undergo a process of maturation outside the host. In a third category, the parasites may spend a part of their life cycle in the soil before becoming infective to humans.

Should I be worried about nematodes? ›

Of those, only some are parasitic and damaging to crop plants. So, no, not all are harmful nematodes, and most are normal members of the soil ecosystem. In fact, many of the nematodes in your garden soil are beneficial to your garden. They eat some harmful species of bacteria, fungi, and even the larvae of insects.

What pesticide kills nematodes? ›

Chloropicrin. Chloropicrin has been used as preplant soil fumigant for control of nematodes and soilborne diseases in various crops since 1919 in the U.S. It is manufactured in liquid form with a moderate vapor pressure and it disperses quickly through soil when applied below the soil surface under a tarp.

What is the most common parasitic nematode found in humans? ›

Ascaris lumbricoides is the largest and most common intestinal nematode of humans. Females are approximately 30 cm long; sexually mature males are smaller.

How deep do nematodes go? ›

Nematodes are most active in warm weather in moist, but well aerated, sandy soils in the presence of host plants. They are most abundant in the upper foot of soils, but will follow roots several feet deep.

What are the 5 most common parasitic nematodes? ›

Nematodes that commonly parasitise humans include ascarids (Ascaris), filarias, hookworms, pinworms (Enterobius), and whipworms (Trichuris trichiura). The species Trichinella spiralis, commonly known as the 'trichina worm', occurs in rats, pigs, bears, and humans, and is responsible for the disease trichinosis.

What type of plant damage does nematode cause? ›

These nematodes also damage feeder roots and root hairs, further reducing a plant's effective extraction of water and nutrients from the soil. The overall effect is a weak, shallow root system with many dead or dying areas.

How do you identify nematodes in plants? ›

Classic identification of nematodes is based on morphological and anatomical differences using microscopic image analysis. Morphological identification is among the cheaper identification methods and helps relate morphology with possible function [5].

Does neem oil hurt nematodes? ›

Neem Oil has many other functions - it serves as a fungicide, a bactericide, and it kills Plant Parasitic Nematodes but is compatible with Beneficial Nematodes.

Does neem oil get rid of nematodes? ›

Neem oil uses range from killing unwanted insects, to preventing powdery mildew, to getting rid of nematodes. It's a great, natural first line of defense against most of the common garden diseases and pests.

Is Neem effective against nematodes? ›

The ability of eggs to hatch and mobility of juveniles is reduced by various neem products. It has also been demonstrated that neem products are very effective in reducing the root-knot nematode disease incidence and so ultimately improve plant health (Javed, 2000, unpublished data).

How long does it take to get rid of nematodes? ›

Over a period of several weeks to a few months, soil temperatures become high enough to kill nematodes, as well as many other soil pests and weed seed to a depth of 8 inches. None of the pests will be completely eradicated, but their numbers will be greatly reduced, allowing the successful production of a crop.

What is a natural remedy for nematodes? ›

Adding more composted leaves, grass clippings, and manure to your beds will help naturally control the population of nematodes in the soil, since nematodes prefer living material to decaying plant matter.

Is it too late to apply nematodes? ›

There are two periods when grubs can be targeted by nematodes, in the spring when soil temperatures are above 10°C (often early May to early June) and again in the fall before soil gets too cold (mid-late September to mid October).

What eats nematodes in the soil? ›

Nematodes are food for higher level predators, including predatory nematodes, soil micro-arthropods, and soil insects. Some consume disease-causing organisms, such as root-feeding nematodes, or prevent their access to roots resulting in disease suppression.

Do nematodes like wet soil? ›

Beneficial Nematodes are microscopic and live below the soil surface and like a moist environment. The soil should be wet and the best results occur when the temperature of the soil is above 60 degrees.

How often should you apply nematodes? ›

It is best to make at least two applications, separated by 7-10 days in order to stagger the life cycles of the nematodes and to assure complete coverage. In cases of severe infestations, applications should be made every 7-10 days or until infestation subsides. When Should They Be Applied?

Can nematodes enter through skin? ›

Approximately 800 million people worldwide are infected with one or more species of skin-penetrating nematodes. These parasites persist in the environment as developmentally arrested third-stage infective larvae (iL3s) that navigate toward host-emitted cues, contact host skin, and penetrate the skin.

What eats a nematode? ›

Nematodes can fall prey not only to other nematodes but also to some insects (such as diplurans and beetle and fly larvae), tardigrades, centipedes, symphylans and mites. Symphylans and mites are the most important arthropod predators of nematodes in grassland ecosystems.

What are the two harmful nematodes? ›

Some of the most damaging nematodes are: Root knot (Meloidogyne spp.); Cyst (Heterodera and Globodera spp.); Root lesion (Pratylenchus spp.); Spiral (Helicotylenchus spp.); Burrowing (Radopholus similis); Bulb and stem (Ditylenchus dipsaci); Reniform (Rotylenchulus reniformis); Dagger (Xiphinema spp.); Bud and leaf ( ...

Do nematodes live in clay soil? ›

Ring nematode occurs in sandy or fine clay soils, especially waterlogged soils. Root knot, dagger and citrus nematodes occur most commonly in the San Joaquin Valley and southern California.

Do nematodes like clay soil? ›

Needing a film of water to move in, nematodes prefer moist, coarse textured soils, but some species favour sandy soils, whilst others more clay-soils. Soil pH appears crucial to nematode survival with pH 6.0 being about the optimum. Acid or alkaline soils tend not to favour nematodes.

How much damage do nematodes cause? ›

Nematodes are microscopic, wormlike creatures which inhabit the soil and damage the roots of plants, impairing their ability to take up water and nutrients. Symptoms of this damage include stunting, yellowing of plant leaves, and loss of plant vitality.

What are the natural enemies of nematodes? ›

Natural enemies as bio-control agents to nematodes include bacterial and fungal parasites, predatory nematodes and soil invertebrates.

How do I treat my yard with nematodes? ›

Mix up a solution of fresh, infective stage nematodes in cool, distilled water, pour the solution into a sprayer, and apply to the infected area. Apply nematodes in the evening, especially in hot areas. Nematodes are killed by light and heat. Irrigate after application.

What is the best way to prevent infection from nematodes? ›

Preventive measures are as follows:
  1. Good hygiene and sanitation.
  2. Avoidance of sources of infection (eg, arthropod bites, rivers/streams, contaminated soils, consumption of raw or undercooked fish, snails, and slugs)
  3. Public health activities such as vector control.
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Can nematodes harm humans? ›

While most of the thousands of nematode species on Earth are not harmful, some cause diseases in humans and other animals or attack and feed on living plants.

What are the symptoms of nematode infection in humans? ›

Acute phase of the infection elicits severe epigastric pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and a mild fever. Generally, acute symptoms resolve within a few days, but untreated gastric disease can lead to chronic ulcerlike symptoms lasting for weeks to months.

What happens if you eat a nematode? ›

When humans eat raw or undercooked infected fish or squid, they ingest nematode larvae. Once inside the human body, the larvae can invade the gastrointestinal tract. Eventually, the parasite dies and produces an inflamed mass in the esophagus, stomach, or intestine.

How do you tell if nematodes are working? ›

They actually start working within 48 to 72 hours. You can see results immediately. Using a spade or shovel, turn up the ground where nematodes were applied, to check for dead larvae. Once you have seen dead larvae, this tells you that the nematodes are working.

Do nematodes multiply in soil? ›

Nematodes reproduce inside the pest and release further generations into the soil.

Can you drown nematodes? ›

Use suspended nematodes right away. They will eventually drown in the water. The suspended nematodes survive about three to four hours depending on temperature, oxygen in the water and some other factors.

What kills nematodes in humans? ›

The treatment of choice for intestinal nematodes, with the exception of Strongyloides, is albendazole or mebendazole. Single-dose or short-course regimens with these oral agents (albendazole 400mg once or mebendazole 500mg once, or 100mg BID for 3 days) cure more than 90% of Ascaris infections.

What does it mean when all nematodes are parasites? ›

Trematodes, also called flukes, cause various clinical infections in humans. The parasites are so named because of their conspicuous suckers, the organs of attachment (trematos means "pierced with holes"). All the flukes that cause infections in humans belong to the group of digenetic trematodes.

How do nematodes spread? ›

The spread of nematodes from field to field usually involves farm equipment, contaminated plants or seeds, soil or mud transferred on the feet of people or animals, or surface water movement. Various nematodes feed on all plant parts: roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds.

What is the scientific name for dagger nematode? ›

Xiphinema is a genus of ectoparasitic root nematodes commonly known as dagger nematodes.

How nematodes can physically damage plants or transmit plant viruses? ›

Many plant-parasitic nematodes feed on the roots of plants. The feeding process damages the plant's root system and reduces the plant's ability to absorb water and nutrients. Typical nematode damage symptoms are a reduction of root mass, a distortion of root structure and/or enlargement of the roots (Figure 6, 7, 8).

Is nematode a tapeworm? ›

In medically oriented schemes the flatworms or platyhelminths (platy from the Greek root meaning “flat”) include flukes and tapeworms. Roundworms are nematodes (nemato from the Greek root meaning “thread”).

Is nematode A parasite? ›

Nematodes are among the most abundant animals on Earth. They occur as parasites in animals and plants or as free-living forms in soil, fresh water, marine environments, and even such unusual places as vinegar, beer malts, and water-filled cracks deep within Earth's crust.

Is nematode a pest or disease? ›

Plant-parasitic nematodes are of great economic importance. However, because most of them live in the soil, they represent one of the most difficult pest problems to identify, demonstrate and control (Stirling et al., 1998).

How do you prevent nematode infections? ›

Preventive measures are as follows:
  1. Good hygiene and sanitation.
  2. Avoidance of sources of infection (eg, arthropod bites, rivers/streams, contaminated soils, consumption of raw or undercooked fish, snails, and slugs)
  3. Public health activities such as vector control.
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What are 2 diseases people can get from nematodes? ›

Nematode infections in humans include ascariasis, trichuriasis, hookworm, enterobiasis, strongyloidiasis, filariasis, trichinosis, dirofilariasis, and angiostrongyliasis (rat lungworm disease), among others.

Which plant is usually attacked by nematodes? ›

A number of genera and species of nematodes are highly damaging to a great range of hosts, including foliage plants, agronomic and vegetable crops, fruit and nut trees, turfgrass, and forest trees.


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