Host Suitability of Rapeseed for Heterodera schachtii


  • Eric L. Nielsen
  • David D. Baltensperger
  • Eric D. Kerr
  • Charlie L. Rife


beta vulgaris, brassica hybrid, brassica juncea, brassica napus, brassica rapa, canola, heterodera schachtii, rapeseed, resistance screening, sugarbeet, sugarbeet cyst nematode, susceptibility


Because rapeseed, especially canola, has the potential to be grown in rotation with sugarbeet in the north-central region of the United States, this study was initiated to assess its susceptibility to infection by Heterodera schachtii and to develop a screening method for Brassica germplasm. Existing methodology was adapted for growing Brassica juncea, B. napus, B. rapa, Brassica hybrids, and sugarbeet, Beta vulgaris, in H. schachtii-infested soil to count the females that developed on the roots. Cysts on sugarbeet contained a mean of 130 eggs compared with 240 for B. napus, lowest for the Brassica. Viability of eggs produced was assessed in soil planted with Brassica and sugarbeet and infested with with 0, 100, 1,000, 3,000, and 5,000 eggs to count resulting females and cysts. Number of females (y) was related linearly to infestation rate (x) by the regression equations y = 2.82 + 0.07(x) for the Brassica lines (R² = 0.79; P 0.001) and y = 0.43 + 0.04(x) for sugarbeet (R² = 0.69; P 0.007). These data indicated the potential for H. schachtii population increase if the two crops are used in rotation. All of the 111 germplasm lines tested were susceptible. The methodology developed during this research would benefit attempts to develop rapeseed cultivars resistant to H. schachtii.