Longidorus caespiticola




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           Longidorus caespiticola Hooper, 1966

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Morphology and Anatomy:


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Recorded only from western Europe and from Ukraine and the Czech Republic (Susulovska et al., 2017; Kumari, 2014).

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Economic Importance:

Besides damage caused by feeding at root rips, L. caespiticola is a vector of arabis mosaic virus (Valdez. 1972).

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Migratory ectoparasite of plant roots. Longidorus caespiticola fed in groups at root tips of Lolium perenne in water agar cultures. The nematode stylet was always fully protracted before ingestion began. Attacked cells darken and the root tip swells and bends at the feeding site. Glanular secretion from the nematode is interspersed with short bouts of pumping and then prolonged bouts of esophageal pumping and ingestion of root cell contents (Towle and Doncaster, 1978).

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Root-tip galling.


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Kumari, S. 2014. Characterization of Longidorus caespiticola (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from the Czech Republic. Helminthologia 51:153-157.

Susulovska S., Castillo, P., Archidona-Yuste, A. 2017. First Reports, Morphological, and Molecular Characterization of Longidorus caespiticola and Longidorus poessneckensis (Nematoda: Longidoridae) from Ukraine. J.Nematology 49:396-402.

Towle, A. and Doncaster, C.C. 1978. Feeding of Longidorus caespiticola on rye-grass, Lolium perenne. Nematologica 24:277-285.

Valdez, R.B. 1972. Transmission of raspberry ringspot virus by Longidorus caespiticola, L. leptocephalus and Xiphinema diversicaudatum and of arabis mosaic virus by L. caespiticola and X. diversicaudatum. Annals of Applied Biology 71:229-234.

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