Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
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Ginger burrowing nematode (161)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide distribution. In tropics and sub-tropics. The nematode has a large host range, including: banana (see Fact Sheet no. 257), betel nut, black pepper, coconut, coffee, giant swamp taro (see Fact Sheet no. 203), and tea. An important disease.
  • Nematodes enter roots and young rhizomes, killing the roots, and causing brown sunken areas on rhizome that later join together. Leaves are yellow, stunted and die early.
  •  Spread is in soil water, soil on footwear, machinery, and in rhizomes used for planting.
  • Yield losses of 40%, and damage continues in storage.
  • Cultural control: clean 'seed' from healthy crops; treat seed with hot water (51°C for 10 mins.); apply manures; weed; 3-4-year crop rotation.
  • Chemical control: none recommended.

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