30 March 2015

First Report of Meloidogyne Javanica Infesting Noni ( Morinda Citrifolia ) in Brazil

Souza, V.H.M. de, M.F. Bonfim Junior, S.R. Antedomenico, and M.M. Inomoto. - New Disease Reports, 2015


Noni (Morinda citrifolia) is a tree naturally occurring in a range Southeast Asia to Australia, and currently adapted and cultivated throughout the tropics (Kavitha et al.6). This plant is known for its great medicinal and nutritional properties. In February 2014, three-year-old plants exhibiting yellowing of leaves and interveinal chlorosis associated with severely galled roots (Fig. 1), were found in a property located in the municipality of São José de Mipibu, state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Females of root-knot nematodes were observed in the symptom-bearing roots. The egg-laying females were removed from inside the roots for species identification.

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