Hatching Response of Meloidogyne incognita acrita to Electric Shock


  • C. E. Caveness
  • F. E. Caveness


The influence of electric shock on hatch of Meloidogyne incognita acrita from egg masses taken from roots of 'Acala SJ-I' cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) was studied. Egg masses in tap water were individually placed between the tips of needle electrodes 1 mm apart and exposed to potentials of l, 10, 20, and 60 vdc/mm at 1, 1, 1, and 86 milliamperes dc, respectively, for periods of 2 and 60 seconds. Hatched larvae were counted at five-day intervals for 60 days. Of the eight treatment combinations used, six gave a greater egg hatch than the control. The largest hatch, 520 percent greater than the control, resulted from exposure to 1 vdc/mm for 60 seconds; 60 vdc/mm for 2 and 60 sec decreased egg hatch 11 and 94 percent of the untreated control. Hatched larvae from all treatments except the 60 vdc/mm, 60-second exposure were infective and reproduced on young cotton plants in a glasshouse. Key Words: Meloidogyne incognita acrita, Hatch, Electrostimulation, Egg masses.