Tylenchulus (genus)

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posterior end of female citrus nematode attached to root (click on image to enlarge it)
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Tylenchulus (Cobb, 1913)

The females of the genus Tylenchulus are semi-endoparasites on plant roots with a swollen, slightly curved body. The anterior part of the body is attached to a plant root and stimulates the formation of nurse cells inside the roots. The citrus root nematode, Tylenchulus semipenetrans, is an important agricultural pest which attacks mainly citrus and grapevine, causing a slow decline disease.


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