Several kinds of plant parasitic nematodes attack
Alabama’s field crops, gardens, and landscape plantings
each year. Crop losses caused by nematodes nationwide
are estimated at around 5 to 10 percent annually.
In the Southeast, where environmental
conditions favor growth and reproduction of nematodes,
losses are even higher. The six most damaging
nematode species that affect Alabama growers are
soybean cyst nematodes, lesion nematodes, stunt nematodes,
lance nematodes, and the southern and
peanut root knot nematodes.