Plant Parasitic



Webmaster: Daniel Snyder

Last Edited: May 30, 2002


Genus Belonolaimus

The Sting Nematode

Most important species: B. longicaudatus

Belonolaimus can be one of the most devastating plant parasitic nematodes!!!

  • very few nematodes can cause severe damage(<10 per 100cc soil)
  • hosts include grasses, field crops, trees, seedlings
  • like sandy soils of southeast US
  • problem on turf
  • very long stylet used to penetrate deeply into cortex and vascular tissue
  • can cause seedling death, necrosis in apical meristem leading to stunted, coarse roots