Effects of Soil pH on Reproduction of Pratylenchus penetrans and Forage Yield of Alfalfa

C. B. Willis

Abstract


'Vernal' alfalfa was grown for 30 weeks in nematode-free soil and in soil infested with Pratylenchus penetrans. Charlottetown fine sandy loam soil was used at its pH of 4.4 and at adjusted reactions of 5.2, 6.4 and 7.3. Nematode reproduction was significantly greater at pit 5.2 and 6.4 and was not related to alfalfa root production over the full pH range studied. A significant nematode infestation X soil pit interaction on forage yield was recorded. Nematode infestation significantly decreased forage yields at ptt 5.2 and 6.4 but not at pH 4.4 and 7.3. Key Words: root lesion nematode, interaction, Medicago sativa, soil reaction.

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