Filenchus misellus




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              Filenchus misellus Andrassy, 1954


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Generally categorized as fungal feeders and readily cultured on fungi. Okada et al (2002 and 2003) have experimentally demonstrated that Filenchus misellus is a fungal-feeding nematode and able to reproduce on a range of fungi.  Saprophytic fungi are better hosts than plant-parasitic fungi..

Filenchus misellus fed and reproduced well on seven isolates of Rhizoctonia solani cultured from different plant hosts (Okada et al., 2010).


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Okada, H., Tsukiboshi, T., Kadota , I., 2002. Mycetophagy in Filenchus misellus (Andrassy, 1958) Raski & Geraert, 1987 (Nematoda: Tylenchidae), with notes on its morphology. Nematology 4, 795-801.

Okada, H., Kadota, I., 2003. Host status of 10 fungal isolates for two nematode species, Filenchus misellus and Aphelenchus avenae. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 35, 1601-1607.

OkadaH., H. HaradaM. Nozaki. 2010. Propagation of Aphelenchus avenae Bastian (Aphelenchidae) and Filenchus misellus Andr�ssy (Tylenchidae) on seven fungal isolates of Rhizoctonia solani as food source. Nematological Research 40:53-55.

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