Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Taro Hirschmanniella nematode (010)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Narrow distribution. In Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Taiwan, in dry land and swamps. An important nematode disease.
  • The nematodes attack roots causing wilts, and invades corms from the base, causing brown, crumbling rots. Healthy parts turn red.
  • Spread short distances by swimming or being moved in ground water. Long distance movement in planting pieces ('tops').
  • Cultural control: remove roots from the tops, and inspect corm piece; do not plant down slope from previously infected fields; use hot water (51°C for 10 minutes) to establish source of disease-free plants.
  • Chemical control: none recommended.

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