Nematode testing

Nematode testing

Free-living nematodes, especially root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne), root lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus), Trichodorus and cyst nematodes (potato cyst nematodes and beet cyst nematodes) can cause major damage to various crops. In order to prevent any harm, it is important to take samples of the plots to test for these nematode species. The free-living nematodes are identified in a standard nematode package. In addition, it is also possible to test for cyst nematodes or one type of free-living nematode. You will receive crop-specific advice for each nematode test.


Taking a proper sample forms the start of nematode testing. Consequently, it is essential that this is carried out correctly. We will gladly help you with getting the nematode testing off to a good start.

Nematode research in brief

  • Prevent major damage by doing nematode testing
  • Crop-specific advice

Nematode damage

Nematode testing is very important for the preventing damage. Two examples:

  • One example is a field where common carrots are left to grow on the higher parts (sandy ridges) of the field. High numbers of Pratylenchus penetrans (root lesion nematode) were found in the roots of these plants. This nematode was able to harm the plants because due to, e.g. dust damage and deeper sowing (see differences in position between the rows), the plants on the drier ridges emerged less quickly.
  • Failure and stunted growth of asparagus plants. The yellow beet cyst nematode (Heterodera beta) was found at this spot. No nematodes were found in the roots of these plants. The yellow beet cyst nematode affects the roots of asparagus plants, although it is unable to reproduce on asparagus.

Reliable help with nematode testing

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