Volume 12 Part 2 Article 84: Pathogenic Potential of Aphelenchoides composticola Franklin Infesting White Button Mushroom, Agaricus bisporus (Lange) Singer

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 84
Year 1989
Title: Pathogenic Potential of Aphelenchoides composticola Franklin Infesting White Button Mushroom, Agaricus bisporus (Lange) Singer
Author: P.S. Grewal

Abstract:

Aphelenchoides spp. are very serious pests of button mushrooms specially under Indian conditions where the bulk pasteurization facilities are meagre with the potential growers. These nematodes have been reported to cause heavy losses to the mushroom production (Arnold and Blake, 1968; Hesling and Gaze, 1975; Sharma et al., 1985). Due to their wide sources of infestation, it is extremely difficult to check their entry to the mushroom houses at various stages of crop growth. Besides, their tremendous rate of multiplication and insiduous nature of damage usually results into the accidental failure of the whole crop. Keeping in view, the above facts and the possible introduction of the nematode through compost, casing, flies and water at different stages of crop growth, the present investigation was carried out to assess the losses in relation to the initial population levels vis-a-vis the time of entry into the mushroom houses.

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