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Diagnosis of Trichodorus obtusus and Paratrichodorus minor on Turfgrasses in the Southeastern United States

W. T. Crow

January 2005


"Stubby-root" nematodes are of agricultural importance as plant-pathogens and as vectors for plant viruses. Two species of stubby-root nematode have been identified as pathogens on warm-season turfgrasses in the southern U.S.: Paratrichodorus minor and Trichodorus obtusus. Both are pathogens of bermudagrass and St. Augustinegrass, with T. obtusus more damaging than P. minor. Methods for distinguishing these species are described that do not require mounting of specimens and can be used at ×100 magnification or less.


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