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Red ring nematode

Bursaphelenchus cocophilus

Red ring nematode (Bursaphelenchus cocophilus) is a nematode pest of palm trees. It is a native of Central and South America.

This nematode causes a disease in coconut palms. Symptoms of infestation include chlorosis, beginning in the oldest leaves, and a distinct red/brownish ring in the trunk of the tree. The nematode is vectored by the palm weevil.

For more information about this plant pest, see the CAPS data sheet and the CABI data sheet.
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