Meloidogyne fallax is morphologically similar to the Columbia
root-knot nematode (M. chitwoodi). It differs
from M. chitwoodi in that males and females have longer stylets and that
the J2 has a longer tail and hyaline portion.
The species can be separated by biochemical and molecular techniques: isozyme
patterns esterase and malate dehydrogenase, fatty acid binding protein, and
species-specific primers (Karssen, 1994; Peterson et al., 1997; Tastet et al.,
Reported median body size for this species (Length mm; width micrometers; weight micrograms) - Click:
Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealnd,
the United States and South Africa ( CAB International, 2001; Nobbs et al.,
2001; Elling, 2013; Fourie
et al., 2002).
Occurs in the U.S., reproted from golf course greens (Nischwitz et al.,
Its most important agronomic host is potato, in which it can cause total
yield losses due to quality defects and imposition of quarantines (Elling,
Feeding site establishment and
development typical of genus.
Type host: tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Meloidogyne fallax has some hosts in common with M. chitwoodi: alfalfa (Medicago
sativa), carrot (Daucus carota), potato (Solanum tuberosum),
sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris), and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum).
Hosts not shared with M. chitwoodi include: hemerocallis (Hemerocallis
sp.), Dicentra spectabilis, Oenothera erythrosepala, and
Other differential hosts which are infected by M. chitwoodi but not by
M. fallax are bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and corn (Zea mays).
The following hosts of M. fallax but not reported for M.
chitwoodi are artichoke (Cynara scolynus), lettuce (Lactuca sativa),
and oyster plant (Scorzonera hispanica).
More information is needed on the host status of cereals to M. fallax.
The nematodes cause small, round galls at root tips. Females produce egg
masses protruding from the root surface (CAB International, 2001; EPPO, 2001).
M. chitwoodi, the
major damage by M. fallax on potato tubers
a nematode-induced blemish which lowers or negates their marketability. Both
species incite small galls, typically without secondary roots, and can lead to
stunting and yellowing aboveground.In potato tubers, they cause numerous
small pimple-like swellings
M. fallax is considered as closely related to M. chitwoodi;
the two species can hybridize and produce viable F1 progeny under greenhouse
conditions (Elling, 2013)
Dispersed through root material, soil debris and by poorly sanitized seed
potatoes and bare root propagative material.
Host Plant Resistance, Non-hosts
Quantitative PCR methods indicate potential for predicting yield loss in
potato from M. fallax DNA measured in soil at planting and harvest (Hay
et al., 2016).
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