Pests and Diseases, Production/Agronomy

Know your nematodes for better control, British farmers told

Potato growers are being urged to identify what species of potato cyst nematode they have in their fields to help tackle the pest. In 2013 potato cyst nematode (PCN) was identified as one of the top five issues facing the UK potato industry, costing in excess of £50m/year. Growers have typically relied on a threshold system to indicate nematode infestation levels, however Thomas Prior of Fera plant clinic says it is the detection and identification of the nematode species that is crucial.

Source: www.fwi.co.uk

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