Source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Root-knot nematodes are common visitors to East Texas fields of pumpkins and many other vegetables, but their presence is anything but a holiday treat for growers, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert.

"Root-knot nematodes are the biggest problem that many of our East Texas vegetable growers have to face," said Karl Steddom, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension plant pathologist.

Steddom recently completed trials comparing various fumigants and biological controls for root knot nematodes on pumpkins.

"The pleasant surprise is that one of the biological controls was one of the most effective," Steddom said.

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