Nematodes are one of the most abundant animals on earth, but for every predatory species there are six to seven beneficial types. Managing populations, therefore, means striking a balance between protecting crops and maintaining a functional soil rich in the organisms needed to support a productive agriculture.
Our PCN quiz, seeks to test your knowledge of potato cyst nematodes and how to manage these within an integrated programme. Our latest quiz has been expanded to include free-living nematodes (FLN) and how managing these migratory species differs from PCN, so if you think you know about nematodes, take our quiz.
Soil dwelling nematodes are a serious threat to crop performance. They affect a range of crops including potatoes, carrots, cereals, raspberries and strawberries, both directly and indirectly often inflicting severe economic losses.
The world of seed potato growing is relatively black and white with a statutory process that provides a prescriptive method for PCN sampling and the EU PCN Directive, which must be followed.