Pathogenicity of Meloidogyne hapla to Lettuce as Affected by Inoculum Level, Plant Age at Inoculation and Temperature

T. K. Wong, W. F. Mai


Pathogenicity of Meloidogyne hapla to lettuce was influenced by inoculum level, age of plant at inoculation and temperature. Top weight of 'Minetto' lettuce was reduced 32% when 2-week-old lettuce plants were each inoculated with five egg masses. Higher inoculum levels did not further decrease top weight significantly. Inoculation at seeding reduced top growth more than inoculation of 1-, 2- or 3-week-old seedlings. 51. hapla reduced growth more at the intermediate (21.1 C night and 26.7 C day), than at the low (15.5 C night and 21.1 C day) or high (26.7 C night and 32.2 C day), temperature regimes. Key Words: Root-knot nematode, northern root-knot nematode, Lactuca sativa.

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