Presence of Panagrolaimus sp. (Nematoda: Panagrolaimidae) in seeds of pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum (L.) Leeke) uri icon

abstract

  • During routine phytosanitary examination of pearl millet seeds at the Plant Quarantine Unit of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, we discovered a common soil nematode belonging to the genus Panagrolaimus inside seeds of some of the breeding lines. To date Panagrolaimus spp. have been reported as free living microphagous nematodes, occurring in soil and fresh water (Goodey, 1963), as dyssaprobes (Paramonov, 1962) occurring in roots, stems and leaves also in spikelets (Baranovskaya, 1958) and in rice grains (Panwar & Rao, 1977). Some are endoparasites of insects (Poinar, 1972; Poinar & . Geetha Bai, 1979). This is the first record of a seedborne nematode in pearl millet seeds which is significant in plant quarantine terms

publication date

  • 1986
  • 1986