December Pest of the Month: Foliar nematode

Aphelenchoides fragariae is a foliar nematode which is widely distributed through the tropical and temperate zones around the world and is the primary target of quarantine checks for imported strawberry material throughout Asia, Russia, and the USA. It is a frequent and economic pest of strawberries, foliage and nursery plants. Over 250 plants in 47 families have been identified as a host of this nematode, hosts include strawberry, fig, aster, begonia, anthurium, 100 fern varieties, members of Liliaceae, Primulaceae and Ranunculaceae families.

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