Thursday, October 11th: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Plant-parasitic nematodes are tiny roundworms that live in soil or plant tissues. They feed on living plant cells and cause plant diseases that are often difficult to identify. Nematode-caused disease symptoms often resemble other biotic or abiotic problems such as fungal root diseases, insect damage, nutritional deficiencies or irrigation issues. This presentation will discuss the most common nematode problems in California turf, the methods used to detect and quantify the pests as well as their natural enemies and disease control strategies.