Author : Alvarez, Lourdes V.
Plant-Parasitic Nematodes Associated with Pineapple (Ananas comosus) in Selected Provinces in Luzon, Philippines
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2021, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 945-957
Plant parasitic nematodes are one of the major crop problems affecting various crop productions worldwide and pineapple is one of the most economically important crops n the Philippines which is also infected by these plant pathogens. Thus, this paper aimed to identify the species of plant parasitic nematodes associated with pineapple. In this study, the nematodes from soil and roots sample were extracted using Baermann tray method and were identified under the light microscope based on their morphological characteristics. Four species of plant parasitic nematodes were identified namely, Rotylenchus spp., Ditylenchus spp., Helicotylenchus spp., and Rotylenchulus spp. Wherein, Helicotylenchus spp. was the most frequently occurring species in the soil with a total of 75.8% whilst only 1% in the roots. The occurrence of these plant parasitic nematodes indicated that the soil environment in the area was favorable for these organisms.