Effect of Field Crops on Population Densities of Pratylenchus neglectus and P. thornei in Southeastern Australia; Part 1: P. neglectus


  • Sharyn P. Taylor


barley, canola, chickpea, control, faba bean, field pea, host suitability, medic, multiplication, oat, resistance, root lesion nematode, rotation, susceptibility, triticale, vetch, wheat


Eighty-one cultivars from 12 field crop species were assessed for suitability as hosts to the root lesion nematode, Pratylenchus neglectus, in two field trials. Host status was assessed on the basis of either final P. neglectus densities in soil or multiplication rate under different crops. Both techniques gave consistent results for crop and cultivar ranking, and it was therefore concluded that, in these trials, final population density could be used for screening cultivars for resistance to P. neglectus. Differences were observed among crops and cultivars for host suitability to P. neglectus. Chickpea, wheat, and canola were good hosts, while barley, oat, durum wheat, medic, and vetch were moderate hosts. Field pea, faba bean, and triticale were poor hosts. A range in host suitability was observed for wheat, barley, and oat cultivars.