Suppression of <I>Rotylenchulus reniformis</I> 122-cm Deep Endorses Resistance Introgression in <I>Gossypium</I>


  • A. F. Robinson
  • J. R. Akridge
  • J. M. Bradford
  • C. G. Cook
  • W. S. Gazaway
  • E. C. McGawley
  • J. L. Starr
  • L. D. Young


cotton, Gossypium, nematode, reniform, resistance, Rotylenchulus reniformis.


Nine sources of resistance to Rotylenchulus reniformis in Gossypium (cotton) were tested by measuring population density (Pf) and root-length density 0 to 122 cm deep. A Pf in the plow layer less than the autumn sample treatment threshold used by consultants was considered the minimum criterion for acceptable resistance, regardless of population density at planting (Pi). Other criteria were ample roots and a Pf lower than on the susceptible control, as in pot studies. In a Texas field in 2001 and 2002, no resistant accessions had Pf less than the control but all did in microplots into which nematodes from Louisiana were introduced. An environmental chamber experiment ruled out nematode genetic variance and implicated unknown soil factors. Pf in field experiments in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama were below threshold for zero, six and four of the accessions and above threshold in the control. Gossypium arboreum A2-87 and G. barbadense GB-713 were the most resistant accessions. Results indicate that cultivars developed from these sources will suppress R. reniformis populations but less than in pots in a single season.