NEMATOCIDES AND NEMATICIDES - A HISTORY
AbstractThe lifetime of accomplishments and contributions to Nematology by Mr. A. L. Taylor are well know by nematological, scientific and agricultural communities in general. In particular, Mr. Taylor was a pioneer in proving the benefits of the nematicides, ethylene dibromide, methyl bromide and 1,3-dichloropropene, to reduce nematode damage to crops. As part of this work, he developed application techniques such as introducing a mulch cover when applying methyl bromide, a practice still widely used today. As a result of his efforts, and those of other pioneers, nematodes were recognized as damaging pests of crop plants and the Science of Nematology was greatly expanded. Mr. Taylor's contributions to nematology are chronicled in numerous publications, including book chapters on nematicides. The following contribution apparently was one of his last (written around 1978) and was only published as a Florida Department of Agriculture Internal Information Sheet. We feel it is one of his best since the publication not only gives his direct historical perspectives on the development and use of nematicides but also includes some of his personal observations. The article has received minor editing and formatting to improve clarity. Overall, however, it remains as written by Mr. Taylor some 25 years ago. We hope this article serves as another tribute to an outstanding and pioneer nematologist (J. R. Rich and L. W. Duncan).