Comparison of Methods for Assessing Resistance to Meloidogyne arenaria in Peanut

Weibo Dong, C. Corley Holbrook, Patricia Timper, Timothy B. Brenneman, Benjamin G. Mullinix


Use of resistant cultivars is a desirable approach to manage the peanut root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne arenaria). To incorporate resistance into commercially acceptable cultivars requires reliable, efficient screening methods. To optimize the resistance screening protocol, a series of greenhouse tests were done using seven genotypes with three levels of resistance to M. arenaria. The three resistance levels could be separated based on gall indices as early as two weeks after inoculation (WAI) using 8,000 eggs of M. arenaria per plant, while four or more weeks were needed when 1,000-6,000 eggs/plant were used. High inoculum densities (over 8,000 eggs/plant) were needed to separate the three resistance levels based on eggs per gram of root within eight WAI. A gall index based on percentage of galled roots could separate the three resistance levels at lower inoculum levels and earlier harvest dates than other assessment methods. The use of eggs vs. second-stage juveniles (J2) as inoculum provided similar results; however, it took three to five more days to collect J2 than to collect eggs from roots. Plant age affected gall index and nematode reproduction on peanut, especially on the susceptible genotypes AT201 and D098. The genotypes were separated into their correct resistance classes when inoculated 10 to 30 days after planting, but were not separated correctly when inoculated on day 40.


Arachis hypogaea; assessment date; host-plant resistance; inoculation date; inoculum level; inoculum type; Meloidogyne arenaria; method; peanut; resistance evaluation; root-knot nematode.

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