Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 30, pp 30056–30065 | Cite as

Nematicidal potential of Taraxacum officinale

  • Sebastiano Laquale
  • Pinarosa Avato
  • Maria Pia Argentieri
  • Vincenzo Candido
  • Michele Perniola
  • Trifone D’AddabboEmail author
Research Article


This study was aimed to investigate the activity of the Asteraceae species Taraxacum officinale against the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita. Leaf and root extracts of T. officinale were tested in vitro at a range of 62.5–1000 and 250–1000 μg mL−1 concentrations on nematode juveniles and eggs, respectively, whereas treatments with 10–40 g kg−1 soil rates of dry leaf and root T. officinale biomass were applied to soil infested by M. incognita in greenhouse experiments on potted tomato. Peak 36 and 50% juvenile mortality and 14.8 and 23.8% egg hatchability reduction were recorded at the maximum concentration of leaf and root extracts, respectively. Soil treatments with T. officinale leaf and root material strongly suppressed nematode multiplication and gall formation on tomato roots and significantly increased plant growth. Chicoric acid and 3-O- and 3,5-di-O-caffeoylquinic acid were found to be the main components of leaf and root extract, respectively, and proved, as the total hydroalcoholic extracts from T. officinale leaf and root material, for an antioxidant activity. Data from this study indicate the suitability of plant materials from T. officinale for a potential formulation of nematicidal products to include in sustainable nematode management strategies.


Dandelion Activity Meloidogyne incognita Tomato Sustainable control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Agricultural, Forest, Food and Environmental SciencesUniversity of BasilicataPotenzaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacy – Drug SciencesUniversity of BariBariItaly
  3. 3.Department of European and Mediterranean CulturesUniversity of BasilicataMateraItaly
  4. 4.Institute for Sustainable Plant ProtectionNational Council of Research – CNRBariItaly

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