Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/24/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Book chapter describing state-of-the-art relative to peanut health management; review article with no new research reported; no interpretive summary required.
Technical Abstract: Nematodes are tiny worms with long, cylindrical, unsegmented bodies that attack both plant and animal species. When nematodes attack plants, they cause damage mostly to roots and underground plant parts. The general life cycle of a nematode includes egg, juvenile, and adult stages. In Chapter 11, the interaction between some nematodes and soilborne pathogens was briefly discussed. This chapter presents an expanded discussion of the nematodes that affect peanut health and productivity. There are at least five different kinds of nematodes that infect and cause diseases on peanut in the United States. Since there are great differences in the impact of the various nematodes on peanut quality and yield, it is very important that the nematodes in fields where peanut is to be planted be identified. Soil samples should be taken for analysis according to recommendations of the Cooperative Extension Service.