Control of Meloidogyne javanica and M. arenaria on kenaf and roselle with genetic resistance and nematicides


  • N. A. Minton
  • W. C. Adamson


Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus) and roselle (H. sabdarifla) were evaluated in nematicide-treated and untreated field soil naturally infested with either Meloidogyne javanica o r M. arenaria. Root-knot indices indicated that the kenaf breeding line j-l-113 had moderate resistance to M. javanica and low resistance to M. arenaria. Kenaf cv Everglades 71 was highly susceptible to both M. javanica and M. arenaria, and roselle breeding line A59-56 was highly resistant. Both nematode species reproduced on all plant entries, but more larvae were recovered from the soil in plots planted to Everglades 71 than in plots planted to j-l-l13 or A59-56. In untreated soil infested with M. javanica, dry-matter yields were greater (P = 0.05) for j-l-l13 and A59-56 than for Everglades 71. The percentages of live plants at harvest were: j-l-l13, 88; A59-56, 93; and Everglades 71, 9. Ethylene dibromide (1,2-dibromoethane) at 73.9 kg a.i./ha and DBCP (1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane) at 17.6 kg a.i./ha increased dry-matter yields significantly for all entries planted in soil infested with M. arenaria. Carbofuran (2.3-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-7-benzofuranyl methylcarbamate) at 5.9 kg a.i./ha did not increase the dry-matter yields of any entry. None of the nematicides increased the growth of any entry significantly in soil infested with M. javanica. Key Words: Hibiscus cannabinus, Hibiscus sabdariffa, ethylene dibromide, DBCP, carbofuran.