Molecular Characterization of the Burrowing Nematode Sibling Species, Radopholus Citrophilus and R. Similis

  • David T. Kaplan
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 268)


Burrowing nematodes, Radopholus spp. are migratory endophytoparasitic nematodes which are prevalent in many tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world. They are highly destructive and damage a wide range of plants by destroying the cortex as they feed in roots (Ducharme, 1959; Ford et al., 1960). Radopholus spp. are considered to be among the 10 most damaging nematodes worldwide (Sasser and Freckman, 1987).


Sibling Species Plant Parasitic Nematode Damage Nematode Oligomer Sequence rDNA Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David T. Kaplan
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  1. 1.Subtropical Plant Pathology Research Unit, U.S. Horticultural Research LaboratoryU.S.D.A.-Agricultural Research ServiceOrlandoUSA

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