Meloidogyne hispanica




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        Meloidogyne hispanica Hirschmann, 1986

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Morphology and Anatomy:


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First described from a peach rootstock in Seville, Spain. Since detected in several countrioes and in South Carolina, USA.

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Economic Importance:

Proposal for an A pest rating in California (Scheck, 2021)

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Type Host: Peach rootstock (Prunus persica silvestris).

Wide host range across amny plant families and in a number of important agronomic crops.


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Ecophysiological Parameters:

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Root galling, stunted plants, chlorosis, signs of water stress during dry conditions.

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Host Plant Resistance, Non-hosts and Crop Rotation alternatives:

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Phytosanitary Hygiene

Root-knot nematodes are easily moved over large distances in infested plant material. Testing and certification of nursery stock and rooted seedlings or ornamentals is important.

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CABI Invasive Species Compendium 2021. Meloidogyne hispanica. Accessed 11/9/21

Chitambar, J. J., Westerdahl, B. B., and Subbotin, S. A. 2018. Plant Parasitic Nematodes in California Agriculture. In Subbotin, S., Chitambar J., (eds) Plant Parasitic Nematodes in Sustainable Agriculture of North America. Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection. Springer, Cham.

EPPO Global Database. 2021. Meloidogyne hispanica Accessed 11/9/21

Hirschmann, H., 1986. Meloidogyne hispanica n. sp. (Nematoda: Meloidogynidae), the 'Seville root-knot nematode'. Journal of Nematology, 18(4), p.520.

Landa, B.B., Rius, J.E.P., Vovlas, N., Carneiro, R.M., Maleita, C.M., de O. Abrantes, I.M. and Castillo, P., 2008. Molecular characterization of Meloidogyne hispanica (Nematoda, Meloidogynidae) by phylogenetic analysis of genes within the rDNA in Meloidogyne spp. Plant Disease, 92(7), pp.1104-1110.

Maleita, C.M.N., Curtis, R.H.C., Powers, S.J. and Abrantes, I., 2012. Host status of cultivated plants to Meloidogyne hispanica. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 133(2), pp.449-460.

Mitkowski, N.A. and G.S. Abawi. 2003. Root-knot nematodes. The Plant Health Instructor. DOI:10.1094/PHI-I2003-0917-01. Revised 2011.

Scheck, H.J. 2021. California Pest Rating Proposal for Meloidogyne hispanica Hirschmann 1986. CDFA, Sacramento

Skantar, A. M., Handoo, Z. A., Subbotin, S. A., Kantor, M. R., Vieira, P., Aguedelo, P., Hult, M. N., and Rogers, S. Molecular and morphological evidence for the first report of Seville root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne hispanica (Nematoda: Meloidogynidae) in the USA and North America. In preparation.

Subbotin, S.A., Palomares-Rius, J.E., Castillo, P. 2021. Systematics of Root-knot Nematodes (Nematoda: Meloidogynidae). Nemaology Monographs and Perspectives Vol 14. Brill, Leiden. 857p.

USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance and Tracking System, Phytosanitary Export Database (PExD) Harmful Organisms Database Report. Meloidogyne hispanica. Accessed 11/9/2021

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Revised: August 30, 2022.