, Volume 238, Issue 5, pp 807–818

Nematode feeding sites: unique organs in plant roots


DOI: 10.1007/s00425-013-1923-z

Cite this article as:
Kyndt, T., Vieira, P., Gheysen, G. et al. Planta (2013) 238: 807. doi:10.1007/s00425-013-1923-z


Although generally unnoticed, nearly all crop plants have one or more species of nematodes that feed on their roots, frequently causing tremendous yield losses. The group of sedentary nematodes, which are among the most damaging plant-parasitic nematodes, cause the formation of special organs called nematode feeding sites (NFS) in the root tissue. In this review we discuss key metabolic and cellular changes correlated with NFS development, and similarities and discrepancies between different types of NFS are highlighted.


Sedentary nematode Giant cell Syncytium Phytohormones 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Molecular BiotechnologyGhent University (UGent)GhentBelgium
  2. 2.Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, UMR 1355 ISA, Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueUMR 7254 ISA, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, UMR ISASophia-AntipolisFrance
  3. 3.NemaLab, ICAAM, Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais MediterrânicasUniversidade de ÉvoraÉvoraPortugal

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