Ninety‐eight soil samples were collected from cereal farms on mainland Scotland and examined for migratory plant‐parasitic and predatory nematodes. Soil analysis was also carried out on each sample. Of the 25 parasitic nematode species identified Longidorus elongatus was the most frequently found and while populations were generally low, populations great enough to cause damage were detected. Populations of other plant‐parasites were usually low. Individual species were unlikely to cause economic losses but their combined effect could possibly reduce yields. Analysis of the relationships between nematode species suggested that neither competition nor predation were important factors limiting population size. With few exceptions, none of the soil factors measured influenced the occurrence or abundance of the nematodes identified.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Annals of Applied Biology|
|Publication status||Print publication - Oct 1990|
- Hordeum sativum
- Plant‐parasitic nematodes