Occurrence and distribution of Xiphinema species in vineyards of the Heraklion Province, Crete (Greece)

  • N. Vovlas
  • A. Avgelis


Crete is an important viticulture region of Greece, with 50,000 ha of vineyards and is the main region of sultanina raisin production. Phylloxera (Viteus vitifoliae Fitch) appeared in the island only a few years ago and virus diseases have imposed drastic replanting programmes throughout the island. Because the occurrence and spread of virus-vector nematodes are important in relation to the development of phytosanitary regulations in replanting programme, a Xiphinema survey was undertaken in the IIeraklion province, in May 1988, and the results are reported here.