Development of Meloidogyne chitwoodi on Wheat


  • R. N. Inserra
  • N. Vovlas
  • J. H. O'Bannon
  • G. D. Griffin


Postinfection development of Meloidogyne chitwoodi from second-stage juveniles (J2) to mature females and egg deposition on 'Nugaines' winter wheat required 105, 51, 36, and 21 days at 10, 15, 20, and 25 C. At 25 C, the J2 induced cavities and hyperplasia in the cortex and apical meristem of root tips with hypertrophy of cortical and apical meristem cell nuclei, 2 and 5 days after inoculation. Giant cells induced by late J2 were observed in the stele 10 days after inoculation. Clusters of egg-laying females were common on wheat root galls 25 days after inoculation. Juveniles penetrated wheat roots at 4 C and above, but not at 2 C, when inoculum was obtained from cultures grown at 20 C, but no penetration occurred at 4 C when inoculum was stored for 12 hours at 4 C before inoculation. In northern Utah, J2 penetrated Nugaines wheat roots in the field in mid-May, about 5 months after seedling emergence. M. chitwoodi eggs were first observed on wheat roots in mid-July when plants were in blossom. Only 40% of overwintered M. chitwoodi eggs hatched at 25 C. Key words: Columbia root-knot nematode, Triticum aestivum, histopathology, life cycle, postinfection development, root infection, temperature.