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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. K. Evans, J. A. Rowe
    Pages 1-30
  3. Ulrich Zunke, J. D. Eisenback
    Pages 31-56
  4. V. R. Ferris
    Pages 57-82
  5. W. M. Wouts, J. G. Baldwin
    Pages 83-122
  6. J. D. Eisenback, U. Zunke
    Pages 141-155
  7. S. R. Koenning, B. S. Sipes
    Pages 156-190
  8. S. B. Sharma, Renu Sharma
    Pages 191-216
  9. Nicola von Mende, Maria J. Gravato Nobre, Roland N. Perry
    Pages 217-238
  10. D. P. Schmitt, H. Ferris
    Pages 239-265
  11. K. R. Barker, E. C. McGawley
    Pages 266-292
  12. S. C. Anand, R. Cook, M. F. B. Dale
    Pages 293-321
  13. Roger Cook, Roger Rivoal
    Pages 322-352
  14. Jeng-Sheng Huang
    Pages 353-368
  15. Keith G. Davies
    Pages 369-387
  16. R. D. Riggs, R. P. Schuster
    Pages 388-416
  17. Thierry C. Vrain
    Pages 417-437
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 438-452

About this book

Introduction

When Franklin published her book on cyst nematodes in 1951, the cyst nematodes were already known as serious pests of brassicas, cereals, potatoes and sugar beets. However, at that time this group of nematode, with about 12 species, was considered tobe largely temperate in distribu­ tion. Now a total of 105 species (including those that are considered as synonyms or species inquirende by some or all) within six genera of cyst nematodes have been described from temperate, tropical, and subtropical regions and at least five species are important constraints to crop produc­ tion in tropical agriculture. The previous impression of localization of cyst nematodes in the temperate region was seemingly an artifact due to a greater concentration of nematologists in the temperate regions. Based on my own experience of working in several Asian and African countries, I believe that many more undescribed species are present in the tropical countries of Asia and Africa, and probably in other tropical regions. Most growers, extension workers, and research managers in these regions are still not aware of the possible harm of presence of these nematodes in their agricultural soils. The cyst nematodes are perhaps smaller than the smallest available computer chip but they are very well programmed to survive and pro­ pagate despite severe hardships. These nematodes are very selective in their choice of food; about 50% of known species are parasites of plants mainly in the families Poaceae and Fabaceae.

Keywords

development evolution genetic engineering morphology phylogeny physiology systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • S. B. Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid TropicsAndhra PradeshIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9018-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4021-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9018-1
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