Development of a tomato/root knot nematode bioassay to screen beneficial microbes


  • L.T. Aalders
  • R. Minchin
  • R.A. Hill
  • M. Braithwaite
  • N.L. Bell
  • A. Stewart



In common with other root knot nematodes Meloidogyne hapla is a serious plant pest A rapid screening system for candidate microbes that benefit plant growth is a first step to developing screening bioassays in other plantnematode systems Cultures of M hapla established on tomatoes were used to define the nematode damage function and required bioassay duration for this plantpest system followed by scaleup to a glasshouse level The quantities of Meloidogyne inoculum were chosen such that they would cause minor moderate or severe plant damage; hence the degree of protection afforded by the microbes in bioassays could be readily evaluated An inoculation rate of 3542 eggs/plant caused a significant reduction in shoot weight (30) and an increase in root galling in excess of 50 Percentage of root gall and root gall index were good indicators of nematode impact and provide a relatively quick method of assessment




How to Cite

Aalders, L.T., R. Minchin, R.A. Hill, M. Braithwaite, N.L. Bell, and A. Stewart. “Development of a tomato/Root Knot Nematode Bioassay to Screen Beneficial Microbes”. New Zealand Plant Protection 62 (August 1, 2009): 28–33. Accessed December 11, 2023.




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