Top 10 plant-parasitic nematodes in molecular plant pathology

Authors

  • John T. Jones,

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    1. James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK
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  • Annelies Haegeman,

    1. Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
    Current affiliation:
    1. Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Plant Sciences Unit, Melle, Belgium
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  • Etienne G. J. Danchin,

    1. INRA UMR 1355, Sophia-Antipolis, France
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  • Hari S. Gaur,

    1. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut, India
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  • Johannes Helder,

    1. Laboratory of Nematology, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • Michael G. K. Jones,

    1. Plant Biotechnology Research Group, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Murdoch University, Perth, WA, Australia
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  • Taisei Kikuchi,

    1. Department of Forest Pathology, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
    Current affiliation:
    1. Division of Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan
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  • Rosa Manzanilla-López,

    1. Department of AgroEcology, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK
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  • Juan E. Palomares-Rius,

    1. Department of Forest Pathology, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
    Current affiliation:
    1. Division of Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan
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  • Wim M. L. Wesemael,

    1. Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Plant Sciences Unit—Crop Protection, Merelbeke, Belgium
    2. Department of Biology, Nematology Unit, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
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  • Roland N. Perry

    1. Department of AgroEcology, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK
    2. Department of Biology, Nematology Unit, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
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Summary

The aim of this review was to undertake a survey of researchers working with plant-parasitic nematodes in order to determine a ‘top 10’ list of these pathogens based on scientific and economic importance. Any such list will not be definitive as economic importance will vary depending on the region of the world in which a researcher is based. However, care was taken to include researchers from as many parts of the world as possible when carrying out the survey. The top 10 list emerging from the survey is composed of: (1) root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.); (2) cyst nematodes (Heterodera and Globodera spp.); (3) root lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.); (4) the burrowing nematode Radopholus similis; (5) Ditylenchus dipsaci; (6) the pine wilt nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus; (7) the reniform nematode Rotylenchulus reniformis; (8) Xiphinema index (the only virus vector nematode to make the list); (9) Nacobbus aberrans; and (10) Aphelenchoides besseyi. The biology of each nematode (or nematode group) is reviewed briefly.

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