The book is intended as a text book for undergraduate students of agriculture and post graduates specializing on Nematology, Plant Pathology and Agricultural Entomology. This book covers all aspects of Plant Nematology which includes an introduction covering the importance of nematodes in Agriculture and Horticulture, estimated loss due to the damage of nematodes. The book provides a brief account of historical background including the developments in India and abroad. Morphology and taxonomy are dealt in detail covering general morphology, structural and functional aspects of nematode morphology with vivid diagrams. Nematological techniques are dealt in detail with suitable diagrams. Anatomy and Physiology of plant parasitic nematodes have been elaborately covered with details of digestive, reproductive, excretory and nervous system with appropriate diagrams.
The nematode classification based on their feeding habits and interactions of nematodes with microorganisms viz., fungus, bacteria and virus has been provided. Nematode management in important agricultural and horticultural crops with photographs of root and foliar symptoms are dealt in detail. Exclusive chapter on all the methods of management like regulatory, physical, chemical, cultural, biological and host plant resistance are provided.
The book also provides a brief account of Entamopathogenic nematode and also on the nematode Caenorhabitis elegans which is being used as a biological model in most of the biological research as on today. Appropriate examples schematic diagrams, pictorial keys and glossary are used to describe nematode taxonomy, biology and life cycle.
In this revised edition all the information have been updated with appropriate information with suitable pictures.
1. Introduction, 2. History of Plant Nematology, 3. Morphology and Anatomy of Nematodes, 4. Biology of Plant Parasitic Nematodes, 5. Taxonomy of Plant Parasitic Nematodes, 6. Nematological Techniques, 7. Classification of Plant Parasitic Nematodes Based on Their Feeding Habit, 8. Nematode Disease Symptoms on Crop Plants, 9. Interaction of Nematodes with Microorganism, 10. Nematode Pests of Field Crops, 11. Nematode Pests of Fruit Crops,, 12. Nematode Pests of Vegetable Crops, 13. Nematode Pests of Commercial Flower Crops, 12. Nematode Pests of Spice and Plantation Crops,13. Nematode Control,, 14. Entomophilic Nematodes,15. Caenorhabditis Elegans as a Biological Model Syste