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William Wergin and Richard Sayre.

Southern root-knot nematode

Meloidogyne incognita

Southern root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita) is a nematode pest. It was first detected in Maryland in 1985.

Whiplike larva of root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita penetrates root. When M. incognita attacks the roots of plants, it sets up a feeding location where it deforms the normal root cells and establishes giant cells. The roots become gnarled or nodulated, forming galls, hence the term "root-knot" nematode. .

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