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R433 PhD Studentship: Population dynamics of potato cyst nematodes

Publication Date: 
7 April 2015
Author/Contact :
Vivian Blok

Contractor :
James Hutton Institute

Population dynamics of potato cyst nematodes in relation to temperature

Aims of the project

  1. determine how mixtures of the two species of PCN compete on different genotypes of potato in which resistance or susceptibility to one or other species are combined
  2. investigate the mechanisms in which combining resistances provide additional control of PCN
  3. determine if nematodes that complete a second population have a faster life cycle
  4. determine if nematodes that complete a second generation on partially resistant potatoes are more virulent
  5. develop a model to describe the population dynamics of a partial or complete second generation of PCN

The work was carried out as a PhD studensthip. The following publication has arisen from the work:

Kaczmarek, A., MacKenzie K., Kettle, H. and V. Blok. Influence of soil temperature on Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 53.3 (2014): 396-405.

A summary of the outcomes of the programme of work has been produced and is provided below


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