Soybean and Maize Cropping Models for the Management of Meloidogyne incognita in the Coastal Plain

Robert A. Kinloch


Models are presented to describe the influence of rotations of Meloidogyne incognita-susceptible cultivars, resistant cultivars, and maize on postharvest abundance of M. incognita juveniles in the soil. Depending on initial densities of juveniles, monocultured regimes reached equilibrium densities after a few years of 287, 40, and 10 juveniles per 10 cm³ soil for susceptible soybean, resistant soybean, and maize, respectively. Yearly changes in the population density of juveniles due to rotation of these crops were simulated by iterative substitution of the model equations for each crop. A maximum density of 319 per 10 cm³ soil was reached following a susceptible cultivar in a susceptible-resistant soybean rotation. Soybean yield loss estimates are presented for monocultured regimes and for various rotations with maize. Key words: crop rotation, Glycine max, Meloidogyne incognita, southern root-knot nematode, population dynamics, resistance, Zea mays.

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