Distribution and Importance of Plant Nematodes in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado

  • Timothy Todd
  • Thomas PowersEmail author
Part of the Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection book series (SUPP)


Nematological research in the Central Great Plains historically focused on management of Nacobbus abberans and Heterodera schachtii in sugar beets, and Longidorus breviannulatus, Belonolaimus spp., and Pratylenchus spp. in irrigated corn fields, primarily through the use of granular nematicides and soil fumigants. With the introduction of the soybean cyst nematode Heterodera glycines into eastern soybean production areas in the 1980s, emphasis largely shifted to using resistant varieties and crop rotation to address the new threat. Management of widespread agronomically important taxa such as the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus neglectus received little attention during this period. Recent developments in the Central Great Plains, including diminishing effectiveness of host resistance in soybean, new developments in seed treatments for nematode control in corn and soybean, and grower adoption of cover crops, has led to a renewed focus on sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) practices in each of these cases.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant PathologyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant PathologyUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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