Association of Plant Parasitic Nematodes with some Vegetables Crops of Khyber Pakhtun Khwa, Pakistan

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Zoology, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KPK, Pakistan

2 University of Swabi, Swabi, KPK, Pakistan.

3 University of Swabi, Swabi, KPK, Pakistan


Plant parasitic nematodes (PPN) widely spread in nature which having verities of hosts majorly every kind of crops and feed on their roots. Every crop in the world is damaging through at least one species of PPN. The main objective of the present study is to identify various species of nematodes which damage vegetables crops like potato (Solanum tuberosum), tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum), garlic (Allium sativum), onion (Allium cepa) and cucumber (Cucamis sativa). Some vegetables cultivated areas of Khyber Pakhton Khawa (KPK) province were surveyed in the year of 2021 to identify various species of nematodes which damage vegetables crops. From these areas soil samples were collected the extraction of nematodes occurs through Cobb’s wet- sieving and Baerman funnel techniques and identify of species through morphological keys. A total of 13 genera of plant parasitic nematodes were identified from 5 vegetables crops throughout the KPK province. The identified nematode genera include Helicotylenchus, Tylenchus, Hoplolaimus, Longidorus, Meloidogyne, Tylenchorhyncus, Paratylenchus, Aphelenchus, Ditylenchus, Boleodorus, Filenchus. The genera, Belonolaimus and Xiphenema were common in all the collected samples. The results indicated that vegetable cultivated areas of KPK are infested with many species of PPN which cause damage to crops.


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