Reproduction of Meloidogyne chitwoodi on Popcorn Cultivars


  • D. M. Cardwell
  • R. E. Ingham


Popcorn cultivars were evaluated in field and greenhouse tests for resistance to the Columbia root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne chitwoodi, as potential resistant crops in potato rotations. A nematode reproductive factor (Rf) was calculated for each cultivar. Reproductive factor values also were compared on a relative basis as percentages of the Rf on a susceptible field corn standard, Pioneer 3578. Popcorn cultivars W206 and Robust 33-77 consistently supported low population densities of M. chitwoodi in repeated tests. However, WOC 9508 had the greatest resistance in any of the field tests, with an Rf value of 0.04. Cultivars with a mean field and greenhouse Rf value less than 50% of the value for Pioneer 3578 were WOC 9508 (8%), WOC 9554 (13%), W206 (15%), WOX 9512 (23%), Robust 33-77 (30%), Robust 20-70 (38%), WOC 9510 (41%), and WOC 9504 (42%). If these cultivars were used in rotation, M. chitwoodi population densities at the end of the popcorn season would be between 58% and 92% less than if Pioneer 3578 were grown. In greenhouse tests, WOX 9511, WOX 9528, WOC 9556, and WOX 9531 also had low Rf values (7-46% that of Pioneer 3578), but field testing of these cultivars is needed. Key words: crop resistance, crop rotation, Meloidogyne chitwoodi, nematode, popcorn, root-knot nematode, Zea everta.