Root-knot nematodes are the most economically important group of plant-parasitic nematodes worldwide, and their control presents a major global challenge. Advances are being made in understanding their biology, host-parasite interaction and management strategies. This comprehensive guide, with colour plates and contributions from international experts, covers the taxonomy, classification, morphology, life-cycle biology, genomes, resistance, sampling, detection, and management strategies of these pests.
1 Meloidogyne species - A Diverse Group of Novel and Important Plant Parasites - Maurice Moens, Roland N. Perry and James L. Starr
2 General Morphology - Jonathan D. Eisenback and David J. Hunt
3 Taxonomy, Identification and Principal Species - David J. Hunt and Zafar A. Handoo
4 Biochemical and Molecular Identification - Vivian C. Blok and Thomas O. Powers
5 Molecular Taxonomy and Phylogeny - Byron Adams, Adler R. Dillman and Camille Finlinson
6 Hatch and Host Location - Rosane H.C. Curtis, A. Forest Robinson and Roland N. Perry
7 Invasion, Feeding and Development - Pierre Abad, Philippe Castagnone-Sereno, Marie-Noelle Rosso, Janice de Almeida Engler and Bruno Favery
8 Reproduction, Physiology and Biochemistry - David Chitwood and Roland N. Perry
9 Survival Strategies - Adrian A.F. Evans and Roland N. Perry
10 Interactions with Other Pathogens - Rosa H. Manzanilla-Lopez and James L. Starr
11 Population Dynamics and Damage Levels - Nicola Greco and Mauro Di Vito
12 Distribution Patterns and Sampling - Larry W. Duncan and Mark S. Phillips
13 Mechanisms and Genetics of Resistance - Valerie M. Williamson and Philip A. Roberts
14 Development of Resistant Varieties - James L. Starr and Chris F. Mercer
15 Plant Biotechnology and Control - Howard J. Atkinson, Peter E. Urwin and Richard S. Hussey
16 The Complete Sequence of the Genomes of Meloidogyne incognita and Meloidogyne hapla - Pierre Abad and Charles H. Opperman
17 Biological Control through Microbial Pathogens, Endophytes and Antagonists - Johannes Hallmann, Keith G. Davies and Richard Sikora
18 Current and Future Management Strategies in Intensive Crop Production Systems - Andrew P. Nyczepir and Stephen H. Thomas
19 Current and Future Management Strategies in Resource-Poor Farming - Danny L. Coyne, Driekie H. Fourie and Maurice Moens
Professor Maurice Moens is Director of Research at the Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research (ILVO) at Merelbeke, Belgium and part-time professor at Ghent University, Belgium where he gives a lecture course on Agro-nematology at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. He is also director of the Post Graduate International Nematology Course (MSc Nematology), where he gives three lecture courses on Plant Nematology. The MSc course is organised in the Faculty of Sciences of Ghent University. He graduated as an agricultural engineer from Ghent University and obtained a PhD at the same University on the spread of plant-parasitic nematodes and their management in hydroponic cropping systems. Within the framework of the Belgian Cooperation, he worked from 1972 to 1985 as a researcher in crop protection, including nematology, at two research stations in Tunisia. Upon his return to Belgium, he was appointed as senior nematologist at the Agricultural Research Centre (now ILVO). There, he expanded the research in plant nematology over various areas covering molecular characterization, biology of host-parasite relationships, biological control, resistance and other forms of non-chemical control. He was appointed head of the Crop Protection Department in 2000 and moved to his present position as Director of Research in 2006. He supervised 15 PhD students, who now are active in nematology all over the world. He is a partner in research projects being executed in Europe and several developing countries. He is co-author of the text book, Plant Nematology (2006) and is author or co-author of over 100 refereed research papers. He is a member of the editorial board of "Nematology", "Annals of Applied Biology" and the "Russian Journal of Nematology".
Perry Professor Roland Perry is based at Rothamsted Research, UK. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the Newcastle University, UK, where he also obtained a PhD in Zoology on physiological aspects of desiccation survival of Ditylenchus spp. After a year's post doctoral research at Newcastle, he moved to Keele University, UK, for three years where he taught Parasitology. He was appointed to Rothamsted Research in 1976. His research interests have centred primarily on plant-parasitic nematodes, especially focusing on nematode hatching, sensory perception, behaviour and survival physiology, and several of his past PhD and post-doctoral students are currently involved in nematology research. He co-edited "The Physiology and Biochemistry of Free-living and Plant-parasitic Nematodes" (1997) and the text book, "Plant Nematology" (2006). He is author or co-author of over 40 book chapters and refereed reviews and over 100 refereed research papers. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of "Nematology" and Chief Editor of the "Russian Journal of Nematology". He co-edits the book series "Nematology Monographs and Perspectives". In 2001, he was elected Fellow of the Society of Nematologists (USA) in recognition of his research achievements and in 2008 he was elected Fellow of the European Society of Nematologists for outstanding contribution to the science of Nematology. He is a Visiting Professor at Ghent University, Belgium, where he lectures on nematode biology, and also gives regular lectures to the MSc course at Imperial College London.
Starr Professor James Starr is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University, USA. He obtained a B.S. and a M.S. in Plant Pathology from Cornell University and a PhD in Plant Pathology from Cornell University. After completing his PhD, he moved to North Carolina State University, where he was successively Research Associate in the Department of Plant Pathology and Chief of the Nematode Advisory Section. He moved to Texas A&M University in 1981 where his main research interests are identification, characterization and deployment of resistance to nematodes in important crop species. In 2003 he was elected Fellow of the Society of Nematologists (USA) in recognition of his research achievements and, in 2006, he was elected Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the "Journal of Nematology" (2003-2006) and was President of the Society of Nematologists (1996-1997). He has published over 80 refereed scientific papers, overseen the release of five germplasm lines and two cultivars resistant to nematodes, and co-edited two books, "Plant Resistance to Parasitic Nematodes" (2002) and "Plant Nematodes of Agricultural Importance" (2007).