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Status of Wheat Production and Associated Nematode Pests in Pakistan

Status of Wheat Production and Associated Nematode Pests in Pakistan

Erum Iqbal*, Firoza Kazi and Saboohi Raza

National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi, Karachi, 75270, Pakistan.

 
*Correspondence | Erum Iqbal, National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi, Karachi, 75270, Pakistan; Email: erum_i@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Plant-parasitic nematodes are potential pests of agricultural crops including wheat and cause quantitative and qualitative loss to crop production worldwide. They cause serious damage to many important agricultural crops and add to the problem of food security worldwide. Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is the most important economic cereal crop in the world and Pakistan stands in eighth position in global wheat production. The wheat crop is susceptible to several diseases and nematode pests. The most important nematode parasites are cereal cyst nematodes, root-knot nematodes, lesion nematodes, seed-gall nematodes and stem nematodes. In this review article status of global wheat production is presented and its associated parasitic nematodes have been discussed with reference to chronological research data related to Pakistan.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 54, Iss. 5, Pages 2003-2500

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