Unlocking mechanisms of cyst Nematode Hatching for sustainable cyst nematode control​

Cyst nematodes worldwide attack agricultural crops such as potato, sugar beet, rice and soybean and cause large losses in their yield. There is a great need for developing new control methods for cyst nematodes. Plant roots secrete triterpenoid-like signaling molecules into the soil that are known to induce hatching of cyst nematodes, called hatching stimulants (HSs). In NemHatch, I am developing a new strategy to control cyst nematodes by manipulating the signaling relation – mediated by the HSs – between the host plant and the cyst nematodes.

Research ThemeBiotic Interaction
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