Author: A.M. KHEIR, A.W. AMIN, H.H. HENDY* AND M.S. MOSTAFA
Publishing Date: 2004
Volume 22 Issue 1
The influence of four inoculation levels (100, 1000, 5000 and 10,000 J2/plant) of Meloidogyne incognitaon the nematode behavior and growth response of four banana cultivars were studied under greenhouse condition. In general, the nematode final population proportionally increased with the initial inoculation. On the other hand, the rate of build up of the nematode negatively correlated with its population initials. Comparatively, banana cv. GrandeNaine had remarkable final population when inoculated with 100 or 10,000 juveniles of the rootknot
nematode; while Maghraby sustained high populaltions with all tested inocula. Basrai harboured the lowest nematode final population at any of the inoculum levels. Also, the nematode population was in low or moderate counts on banana cv. Williams when inoculated with the above-mentioned inocula.