Plant and Soil

, Volume 100, Issue 1–3, pp 237–247 | Cite as

Biological control of nematodes: Soil amendments and microbial antagonists

  • R. Rodriguez-Kabana
  • G. Morgan-Jones
  • I. Chet


Organic matter amendments to soil can be used to manage phytoparasitic nematodes. The most effective amendments are those with narrow C:N ratios and high protein or amine-type N content. For soil with 1.0% (w/w) organic matter amendment there is a direct relation between extent of nematode control and the N content of amendments. A special group of amendments are those containing chitinous materials. Chitin addition to soil results in stimulation of a select microflora capable of degrading the polymer. Several microbial species are known to destroy the eggs of phytonematodes (Meloidogyne spp). Organic matter can be modified by addition of specific compounds or by inoculation with particular microbial species to produce an amendment that will induce suppressiveness.

Key words

Agricultural wastes Microbial ecology Nematode ecology Pest management Root-knot nematodes Soil enzymes Waste disposal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Rodriguez-Kabana
    • 1
  • G. Morgan-Jones
    • 1
  • I. Chet
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyAuburn University, Alabama Agricultural Experiment StationAuburnUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant Pathology and MicrobiologyThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of AgricultureRehovotIsrael

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