The Root-Knot Nematodes of East Africa Meloidogyne -Africana N.SP A Parasite of Arabica Coffee

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1959
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Whitehead, A.G.
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Root-knot nematodes (species at M cloidogyne Goe1di, 1887 frequently attack arabica coffee in the mountain areas of East Africa. Coffee nurseries are widely attacked in the Meru District of Kenya by a new species Mcloidogync africana N.SP. A species with a very similar anal plate pattern in the female also attacks Arabica coffee on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanganyika. Galls due to the invasion of the roots by this species are usually small, from 1 to 5 mm in diameter. Affected seedlings are generally stunted and chlorotic, while feeder roots and often main roots also are 'blinded', resulting in the formation of numerous branch rootlets behind the affected root-tip. Heavy attacks in mature coffee trees by Mcloidogyne spp are generally associated with unthriftiness.
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Nematologica, 4, pp. 272-278
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