Plant parasitic nematodes associated with bananas in Belize

J. Pinochet, O. Ventura


In a survey conducted in October 1976, 14 species of plant parasitic nematodes were found associated with commercial bananas in Belize. The most important of these were Radopholus similis and Helicotylenchus multicinctus, while Meloidogyne spp. were the most numerous. A total of 6520 banana rhizomes assayed for R. similis showed this nematode to be widely distributed in banana field in spite of planting heat-treated rhizome on establishment of the plantation in 1972.

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