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Researchers, growers combat pest together
March 9, 2009

Nematodes are the most numerous multi-cellular animals on earth. A few harm plants, and WSU researchers are working with Washington growers on naturally produced chemicals to control these nematodes.

N.A. Cobb, the father of modern nematology, wrote in 1915: “If all the matter in the universe except the nematodes were swept away, our world would still be dimly recognizable, and if, as disembodied spirits, we could then investigate it, we should find its mountains, hills, vales, rivers, lakes and oceans represented by a film of nematodes.”

Plant-parasitic nematodes cause economic losses to the agricultural industry locally and worldwide. It is estimated that plant-parasitic … » More …