Other Contributions: Parasitic Nematodes Associated with Cultivars and Clons of Banana and Plantain in Venezuela


  • G. O. Haddad
  • Julia A. Meredith
  • R. G. J. Martinez


Parasitic nematode genera associated with different cultivars and clones of banana and plantain in Venezuela were identified in 377 samples composed of soil and roots and/or rhizomes from the following zones: 1) western Venezuela, south of Lake Maracaibo, States of Zulia, Merida, and Trujillo; 2) central region, States of Aragua, Carabobo, Miranda, and the Federal District; 3) central western region, State of Yaracuy; 4) central western region, States of Barinas and Portuguesa, and 5) eastern Venezuela, State of Sucre. Sampling included material from 31 cultivars or clons belonging to genomes AA; AAA, Sub-Groups Cavendish and Morado; AAB, Sub-Group Plantains; and ABB. Parasitic, or suspected parasitic, nematodes of the genera Radopholus, Pratylenchus, Helicotylenchus, Rotylenchulus, Meloidogyne, Tylenchorhynchus, Tylenchus, Psilenchus, Criconemoides, Paratylenchus, Tylenchulus, Neotylenchidae, Aphelenchus, Aphelenchoides, Xiphinema, Trichodorus, and Diphtherophora were found associat